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Wakulla County officials warn parents of recent increase in flu cases

Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 14:00:53-05

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla.(WTXL) — The Wakulla County School Board is making sure parents are aware of the recent increase of flu cases across Florida.

The Florida Department of Health in Wakulla County sent a letter to parents this week, making them aware of proper preventative measures to take.

FDOH reports that infleunza can cause mild to severe illness and serious outcomes can result in hospitalization or death.

Recently, health officials across the state have been encouraging families to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

FDOH says the vaccines are safe and the way to protect against influenza and its severe complications.

Health officials say the best ways to protect your children and families during influenza is to:

1. Get vaccinated
2. Keep sick family members at home
3. Contact health care provider if you or your child arr experiencing flu like symptoms
4. Follow doctor's guidance on treatment
5. Take additional steps to prevent flu by staying away from people who are sick, frequently washing hands with soap and warm water and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.