Residents getting flu vaccinations due to national epidemic

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

"We actually ran out of flu vaccines," said Sara Vidoni, a public information officer for the health department.

The department was expecting a delivery “very soon,” as of this writing, Vidoni said.

Influenza, the flu, is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat and lungs and is different from the so-called stomach flu that has symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

The department suggests vaccination, hand washing and avoiding those with the flu to prevent catching it.

The website flushot.healthmap.org features a link to a vaccine finder, which can locate the closest flu shot distributor near a given address or zip code.

Those with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever symptoms subside, experts say.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.



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