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Mayo Free Press

December 30, 2013

Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County announces temporary flu vaccination payment for pregnant Medicaid recipients

Live Oak —

The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County announces that Florida Medicaid will cover the cost of influenza vaccination for all pregnant women through March 31, 2014. This step is being taken in Florida due to the increased impact of the flu on pregnant women and their babies. 

“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu and it is very important for pregnant women to receive the flu shot,” said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator of DOH-Lafayette. “We want to make sure that people are aware of this new opportunity for pregnant women to receive flu vaccination through Medicaid reimbursement.”

The Department of Health in Lafayette County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth. 

Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm

It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year.  Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a location to receive a flu vaccine. 

DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov

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