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Seasonal Influenza and Pandemic Influenza ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) – Collier County has partnered with Collier County Emergency Management and the Florida Southern Gulf Region of the American Red Cross to develop community programs to assist faith based organizations, businesses, and our residential communities with their preparedness efforts.
Collier County offer various disaster preparedness trainings such as Influenza Awareness, as well as assistance with Continuity of Operations Planning.
Your local health department also has our informative FDOH – Collier County website with an area dedicated to preparedness issues.
Collier County's goal is to foster a community that is aware, educated, organized and trained to meet the challenges during a natural or man made disaster.
Flu refers to illness caused by a number of different influenza viruses.
Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to lethal.
Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.
Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.
Those that are more at risk include children, individuals 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, people with an underlying chronic disease, or those with immuno-suppression.
Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring.
In a typical year, approximately five to twenty percent of the population will get the flu.
A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little to no immunity in the human population; the virus causes serious illness and spreads easily from person-toperson worldwide.
Multiple waves of community outbreaks of illness could occur with each wave lasting two to three months.
During a pandemic, there will not be a vaccine immediately available; therefore, community strategies that delay or reduce the spread of the disease are critical.
Non – pharmaceutical interventions are as simple as frequent hand washing, cough / sneeze etiquette, staying home when ill, not sharing food / beverages / utensils, and frequent disinfection of commonly used areas.
In an influenza pandemic, our community as a whole plays a key role in protecting everyone’s health and safety, as well as limiting the negative impact on the economy and society.
As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is critical.
This information has been developed to assist our community with planning efforts associated with the health and well being of every citizen and continuing our daily activities during a flu pandemic.
Plan for the Impact of Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza
• Find accurate seasonal / pandemic influenza information from community public health agency web sites such as http://www.collierprepares.org or www.flu.gov Disseminate these educational materials covering seasonal / pandemic influenza fundamentals including signs and symptoms of flu, personal / family / community protection and response strategies.
During flu season, education is protection.
• Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to get their yearly influenza vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state the flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu.
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