Florida Department of Health Pinellas County | Epi Watch October 2019

Flu Boo 2019

The 2019-2020 Influenza season has started and the Florida Department of Health urges all Floridians older than six months to get their influenza vaccination before Halloween on October 31. While Florida’s influenza season peaks in the early months of the year, early vaccination ensures protection during the holiday season when many gather for celebrations and family events. Influenza strains change from year to year so a new vaccine is needed at the start of each season. To ensure people receive their vaccine early in the season, DOH-Pinellas County will be hosting its Sixth Annual Flu Boo. Participants will be eligible to receive influenza vaccines, as well as hepatitis A vaccines, at no-cost. Additionally, there will be patient educational information and treats for children. For more information about the Flu Boo or how to get a flu vaccine at DOH Pinellas, call (727) 824-6932 or visit www.FluFreeFlorida.com. **DOH-Pinellas distributes a weekly Influenza Report throughout the heightened season to report on influenza activity and trends. If you are interested in being added to the e-mail distribution list, please contact Kristine Aviles, DOH-Pinellas Influenza Coordinator at Kristine.Aviles@flhealth.gov

Sepsis and Policy

Sepsis is an overwhelming immune response to an infection typically occurring in the lungs, skin, kidneys, or gut. Sepsis can rapidly damage tissue, organs, and even result in death2.In the United States, Sepsis causes nearly 270,000 deaths annually. Those at highest risk of developing the un-controlled infection include children, adults over 65 years old, people with chronic conditions, and those with weakened immune systems. To reduce the rate of this fatal and costly infection, education and policy around sepsis management is recommended. In 2013, New York was the first state to establish regulations to improve diagnosis and treatment. The guidelines included screening and early recognition of various forms of sepsis as well as time sensitive use antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Following protocol implementation, sepsis mortality rate dropped from 26.3% to 22% in the following two years. Currently, three states: New York, Illinois and New Jersey have updated hospital licensing standards to include evidenced-based protocols to treat sepsis. Click here to learn more about sepsis and how policy can improve practice.

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205 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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