Boston Death Gives Rise to Florida Flu Prevention
Last week, the Boston Public Health Commission announced the first death from this year’s flu season – a man in his sixties. As someone experiencing other health issues, the flu added to his suffering and caused his death. Now, the commission is encouraging others to get a flu shot.
Today, MD Now Urgent Care centers gave its flu outlook for south Florida based on the increase in patients treated at its many urgent care centers for flu and flu-like symptoms in December. That official word went out on the wire this morning to alert those in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to seek early influenza prevention.
Additionally, MD Now Urgent Care centers has provided a list of up-to-date Internet sources for those who want to stay on top of the latest development in what could be another trying flu season.
The biggest concern from urgent care centers and other medical providers is early indication that the most prevalent form of the flu hitting the United States is H1N1, better known as the Swine Flu. A global outbreak of Swine Flu in 2009 led Mexico City to close most of its public and private facilities to contain the spread of the virus. Fears of a widespread epidemic led people around the globe to wear facial masks during that outbreak.
Flu Puts These Individuals at Highest Risk
As with this man’s recent death in Boston, those with extenuating health conditions should be especially cautious and the first in line to receive a flu shot. Others include:
- Children under the age of five, but especially those under two year old
- Those individuals above the age of 60
- Pregnant women
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives also have higher risks of flu complications
If you are one of those high-risk groups or simply want to prevent a lost week of work or school with the flu, stop by our newest urgent care in Sunrise, Florida at the corner of West Oakland Park and Nob Hill Road, or one of the many Florida MD Now Urgent Care centers for a quick flu shot.