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Fighting the flu on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- With the flu running rampant across the nation, pharmacies are struggling to keep up with the demand for the flu vaccine.

Dr. Mobeen Rathore with Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology at UF & Shands Jacksonville says the hospital has seen a definite increase in people coming in with flu-like symptoms.

He is stressing not only good handwashing technique and using hand sanitizer, but also vaccination.  Anyone six months or older is eligible for the vaccine.  It can take two weeks for the full strength to kick in.

Dr. Rathore says a common misconception is people think they can catch the flu from the vaccination and he says that is not true.

"It is protein, it is not even the live virus. So yes, you may get a sore arm, you may get a low grade fever, but you will not get the full blown flu," says Dr. Rathore.

We have seen flu cases as late as June in our area so it isn't too late to protect yourself.

If you feel you have the symptoms of the flu: fever, severe headaches, cough, sore throat and body aches, stay home from school or work so you don't infect others.


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