The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) is reporting a large increase in influenza activity in schools and the county, prompting a partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools to offer no-cost flu shots.
The first flu clinic took place at Sickles High School yesterday. Future Flu clinics will take place at the following schools:
December 12th at King High School, 6815 N 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33610 from 5-7 p.m.
December 14th at Jefferson High School, 4401 Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607 from 9-11 a.m.
December 17th at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Rd, Riverview FL 33569 from 5-7 p.m.
December 19th at Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City, FL 33563 from 5-7 p.m.
Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Flu activity typically peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. Yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu or flu-like illness, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading germs to others. In addition, there are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat influenza illness.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as young children, the elderly and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious complications from the flu.