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The Florida Flu activity is increasing sharply in all regions of the state with 61 of its 67 counties reporting increased cases of the flu. In Pinellas County alone, more than five outbreaks of flu were reported this season.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 107 outbreaks since the start of the 2017-18 season. That’s more outbreaks than in previous seasons at this time.

Influenza and the common cold virus are all transmitted the same way. Follow the tips below as the best options for avoiding these viruses and to stay healthy.

Tip #1. Clean Your Hands Often

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, preparing food, or eating with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Tip #2. Avoid Close Contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Tip #3. Stay Home When You Are Sick

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Tip #4. Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Cover your mouth and nose and cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

If you do have the flu you will have some or all of these symptoms:

– Fever*
– Cough
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Body aches
– Headache
– Chills
– Fatigue
– Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

Impeccable Smiles kindly asks if you are experiencing any symptoms above please call to reschedule your visit. We want to see you healthy and also keep our Impeccable Smiles team feeling well too.

* If you come down with the flu, the Florida Department of Health recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours until you’re fever-free and that you use good handwashing practices.