Florida’s emergency room is full of tetanus shots, dibuprofen and flu shots as health officials grapple with the spread of a coronavirus that is causing respiratory and other illnesses.
The state’s coronaviruses have infected more than 14,000 people and have killed more than 5,400 in Florida and more than 300 in the U.S.
A state of emergency has been declared, as hospitals and other health care facilities are forced to close and some doctors are refusing to administer tetanus and other vaccines, as the virus has spread across the country.
A national coronaviral task force has urged states to strengthen their vaccine policies, including mandating that doctors provide flu shots to people who have recently visited the state.
More:CDC says 1,900 Florida hospitals are at high risk for an outbreak, as CDC recommends the following:*In Florida, all adults are required to receive tetanus vaccine (up to age 50) *Children must get at least one dose of diphtetranisone vaccine (2 doses of difluoroquinolones) *Women must get two doses of the flu vaccine*Children, including infants, must get the first dose of the influenza vaccine before age 25 *People 65 and older must get three doses of a flu vaccine before they become fully vaccinated, or at least a half-dose before age 50, or both of them at age 75, depending on the county or the age of the patient *Anyone who is at risk of developing an influenza-like illness or is likely to contract the virus must get a flu shot or other preventative care as soon as possible, including getting vaccinated at least twice a year*If you or anyone you know is sickened by a coronovirus, please call your local emergency room at 1-800-222-1222 and the toll-free number: 1-866-488-7877 or visit the state of Florida website.
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