As flu season makes itself known throughout Florida and right here in Westchase, we asked a local expert for some facts about the bug.
With many Westchase residents finding themselves battling the fevers, sniffles, coughs and body aches so common with the flu, we thought it was time to ask the experts about this bug that has so many down and out. Myths surrounding this illness are common and St. Joseph’s Hospitals’ infection prevention and control manager Elizabeth “Liz” Moseley, RN, BSN, CIC, agreed to answer some of our questions about the troublesome condition. Patch: Does the flu shot cause the flu? Moseley: The flu shot cannot give you the flu. Common side effects from the flu shot are sore arm, low fever and achiness. The nasal-spray flu vaccine can cause side effects of runny nose, sore throat or cough. If someone does experience any of these side effects, they are…
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Tampa Bay than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Westchase-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Florida, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Westchase that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): Publix Pharmacy 12139 W. Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, FL 33626 CVS/Pharmacy Store 11670 Countryway Boulevard Tampa, FL 33626 Walgreens 13911 Nine Eagles Dr Tampa, FL 33626 More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are…