Flu Season In Full Swing Across Florida

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Flu season is in full swing across the state, and Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong urges everyone to get a flu shot.

One pregnant woman has died and four others around the state have been hospitalized because of the flu.

Pregnant women and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Symptoms include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

State health officials recently announced that Medicaid will temporarily pay for flu shots for pregnant patients over the age of 21 through the end of March.

The vaccination protects the unborn child and babies during the first months after birth.

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