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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SANTA ROSA COUNTY URGES PARENTS TO GET CHILDREN FLU SHOTS

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Milton, FL – As flu activity continues to increase across the state, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is strongly urging parents to have their children vaccinated against the flu.  To provide additional opportunities for parents to have their children vaccinated, the health department will be holding special flu shot clinics on Thursday afternoons through the month of February at the main clinic site, 5527 Stewart Street in Milton.  Clinics will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on February 7, February 14, February 21 and February 28.   Appointments will not be required.  Shots will be given on a walk-in basis.  The vaccine will be free for all eligible children 6 months to 18 years of age through the Vaccines for Children Program.

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health (department) has issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination. Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.

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