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Unusual slight increase in flu activity, officials say vaccinate

Posted: 5:08 PM, Sep 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-20 17:16:44-04
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There’s a reason signs for flu shots seem to be popping up on every corner. Already health officials report an unusual slight increase in flu activity in the state of Florida before the start of the official flu season. And now health officials are urging flu vaccination.

”We want people to take those preventative measures now,” said Renay Rouse, Florida Department of Health Martin County public information officer.

Rouse says any day the influenza vaccine is expected to arrive and will be available for uninsured and underinsured adults and children.

It’s good timing. Already, the Centers for Disease Control says 20 respiratory outbreaks have been reported since May in Florida during the “off-season.”

Health officials say get vaccinated, but they also say good hygiene, proper nutrition and exercise are all part of the fight against the flu.

”Something is better than nothing and if you’re doing a combination of things you’re increasing your odds of preventing,” added Rouse.

The CDC says “Take 3” Actions to Fight Flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/preventing.htm