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The Florida Department of Health in Polk County recognizes the week of December 8-14, 2013, as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This is a nationwide effort to remind everyone of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine is the first and most important step you can take in protecting yourself …View full post
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Licensed practitioners needing to report a disease or condition to the Florida Department of Health in Polk County should contact the appropriate unit from the following list.
Epidemiology (863) 519-8300
Hepatitis (863) 519-8240
HIV / AIDS (863) 519-7900, ext. 11236
STD (863) 519-8722
TB (863) 965-6259
To report after normal business hours, call (863) 413-2620.
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The Florida Department of Health in Polk County recognizes the week of December 8-14, 2013, as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This is a nationwide effort to remind everyone of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu.
The flu vaccine is the first and most important step you can take in protecting yourself and your loved ones against seasonal flu viruses and their possible complications. Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. Pneumonia shots are recommended for those over 65 years of age, or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system.
“Vaccination is very important for healthcare workers and others who live with or care for those at high risk of flu complications, such as pneumonia,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. “I urge everyone to discuss vaccine options with their healthcare provider, or call one of our clinics for an appointment.”
People at high risk of serious flu complications include:
• Young children
• Pregnant women
• People 65 years of age and older
• People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.
Flu and pneumonia shots are available at the health department locations listed below. Please call for available appointment times. You may click on the link for location information and directions.
For more information on flu vaccines and other services provided by the health department, please visit our website at www.mypolkhealth.org.
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