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Florida Surgeon General Urges Vaccination As Best Defense Against Rapidly Spreading Flu Virus

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Health departments in the Tampa Bay region—Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota—are strongly encouraging residents older than six months of age to follow the Florida Department of Health’s recommendation that all unvaccinated residents get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) is investigating a measles case in an adult male with international travel to South America. Healthcare providers, including hospital emergency departments, have been asked to have a heightened awareness and immediately report cases to DOH-Hillsborough.

Measles is a severe, highly contagious viral disease. Although it is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. Generally, preschool children, adolescents, young adults and inadequately immunized individuals make up most of the measles cases in the United States.

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