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Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

The 2017-2018 flu season is in full swing and the numbers tell the same story statewide. Counties across Florida are reporting widespread outbreaks with the majority of those cases occurring in senior health facilities, schools and day care centers. This predominant strain of the flu so far this year is the H3N2 virus, and this […]

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

With an increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families from the flu by getting vaccinated. According to reports from the Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 2.8 percent of the emergency department […]

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

During National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6- 12, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot.  A yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the first and most […]

As flu season approaches, you can help yourself and others

As flu season approaches, you can help yourself and others

It’s the beginning of October, and the cooler temperatures of fall are in the air for most other places in the country. Pumpkin-spice flavors are back on the menu in coffee shops and neighbors are beginning to wipe the dust off of their creepiest Halloween decorations. In addition to statues of ghosts and goblins however, […]

CDC declares flu epidemic

CDC declares flu epidemic

The CDC this week declared a national flu epidemic after 15 deaths were reported, including two in Florida. The flu is widespread throughout 35 states, according to the CDC, with high activity levels reported throughout the south. Since Oct. 1, 9.7 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population were reported. According to the CDC, flu symptoms […]

Germs go back to school

Germs go back to school

A rare respiratory illness causing virus has affected 82 people in the middle of the country, most of them children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children with the virus than are typical for this time of year, which has promoted the CDC’s attention. “In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get […]

Flu Impacting Young Adults

Flu Impacting Young Adults

Cases of the flu, including the H1N1 strain of the virus, are continuing to rise across the country. H1N1, originally known as swine flu, has even resulted in deaths here in Santa Rosa County. Children and the elderly have traditionally faced the greatest risk from flu complications, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports […]

First responders pay their respects to Gajewski

First responders pay their respects to Gajewski

First responders, family and friends paid their respects Monday afternoon to Rodney “Big Daddy” Gajewski, a Gulf Breeze Lifeguard paramedic who died because of complications from the H1N1 virus. A memorial service was held at Coastline Calvary Church in Gulf Breeze to remember Gajewski, 47, who passed away Jan. 5 after battling the flu virus […]