Health Department Reports Brevard’s Third Flu Death

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NOT TOO LATE TO GET FLU SHOT

63-year-old Woman Dies Yesterday Due To Complication of Influenza

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County reported a 63-year-old woman died yesterday due to complication of influenza. 

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County reported a 63-year-old woman died yesterday due to complication of influenza. This is the third death in Brevard County due to influenza. Heidar Heshmati, MD, MPH, PhD, health director is encouraging anyone who has not received the influenza vaccine to get their shot. (Space Coast medicine & Active Living image)

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County reported a 63-year-old woman died yesterday due to complication of influenza. This is the third death in Brevard County due to influenza. Heidar Heshmati, MD, MPH, PhD, health director is encouraging anyone who has not received the influenza vaccine to get their shot. (Space Coast medicine & Active Living image)

This is the third death in Brevard County due to influenza.

Brevard County Health Director Dr. Heidar Heshmati is encouraging anyone who has not received the influenza vaccine to get their shot.

“It is important for those who have not been vaccinated for Influenza to do as soon as possible,” said Dr. Heshmati in a release.

“Most of our reported Influenzas are 2009 H1N1 influenza, which is covered in the vaccine.  It is not too late to get your flu shot.”

The Department of Health in Brevard County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year.

It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant.  The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.

It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant.  The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.

It's not too late to get vaccinated.

It’s not too late to get vaccinated.

Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing.  Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment.  If you need further information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, Epidemiology section at 321-454-7101.


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