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Florida Department of Health reports another flu death in Brevard Co.

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County reported a 63-year-old woman died Wednesday due to complication of influenza. 

This is the third death in Brevard County due to influenza.

Heidar Heshmati, MD, MPH, PhD, health director is encouraging anyone who has not received the influenza vaccine to get their shot.

The Department of Health in Brevard 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.

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