The Brevard County Health Department has received reports of sporadic influenza activity in our county (January 2013)
Influenza activity will most likely increase as we move into the fall and winter months. Influenza is very contagious through cough/sneezing and often leads to a more severe illness, causing approximately 36,000 individuals in the United States to die from this infection and complications each year.
Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. Contact your health care provider immediately if you have symptoms. The most effective measures we can take to fight this illness are getting vaccinated against the flu virus and practicing good hygiene.
The following are recommended measures to practice to help protect against the flu:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you or your children are sick with flu–like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except if you need medical care.
• Get re-vaccinated EVERY YEAR because flu viruses change. The vaccine is currently available and residents should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
For the most up-to-date information on influenza and the current season see these links
For national information: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
For Florida specific information: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/epi/htopics/flu/reports.htm
Brevard County Health Department Urges County Residents to Protect Themselves against Mosquito-Borne Illness
West Nile Virus has been reported in some areas of the United States. A few human cases of West Nile infection and several positive sentinel chickens have been reported in North and West Florida. Currently, no human cases have been reported in Brevard County this year. Our Sentinel Chicken Flocks have tested negative for the West Nile Virus. Brevard County Health Department and Brevard County Mosquito Control are urging residents to protect themselves against mosquito-borne illness.
Read the details in the Press Release (PDF - 52 KB)
For the most up-to-date information on the West Nile virus and the current season see these links
For national information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
Brevard County Health Department Honored for Excellence in Public Health (July 2012)
Heidar Heshmati, M.D., M.P.H., director of Brevard County Health Department was
honored at the 2012 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health
Officials (NACCHO), a body of peers, for developing and implementing a program that
demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. The
Sexual Assault Examination Response Program was one of 39 public health programs
developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive NACCHO’s
Model Practice Award.
Read the details in the Press Release (PDF - 56 KB)