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The Florida Department of Health encourages families to get vaccinated for influenza

According to The Center For Disease Control (CDC) estimated influenzaassociated deaths average 49,000 people annually. Influenza viruses typically circulate widely in the United States from the late fall (October) through early spring (May).

Influenza (Flu) is a contagious disease caused by influenza viruses, which spreads mainly from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes near others. Health experts also suggest that another way to prevent acquiring the flu is by performing proper handwashing.

The CDC has made the following recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus.

• Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing

• Cough into your elbow

• Wash hands often with proper handwashing techniques and/or use hand sanitizers

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth

• Stay home when sick and encourage parents of sick children to keep them at home

• Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses or other personal items

• Touching an inanimate object with flu viruses on it, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, desktops, and then touching the mouth or nose also may infect people; therefore, wash hands/use hand sanitizers

For further questions, please contact Coordinated Student Health Services at 754-321-1575

Flu letter to parents from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County - click here