Facts About Flue

Author  Edited from an article submitted by The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County

Get vaccinated today

Annual vaccinations can provide protection for each flu season, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions.

sneezing boySome 52 percent of reported flu outbreaks were in daycare (17 percent) or school (35 percent) settings. Almost 20 percent of Emergency Room visits in Florida are due to influenza-like illness in children less than age four.

Did you get a flu shot but still got the flu?

Flu shots can prevent life threatening effects and length of the flu. A recent Centers of Disease Control (CDC) study showed vaccination prevents deaths by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children.

Flu vaccination also may make illness milder if a person gets sick. Another recent CDC study showed it reduces intensive care unit admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.

Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat the flu.

For the most current information about flu activity in Florida, please see Florida’s weekly surveillance report, the Florida Flu Review.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information about the flu.