Seasonal flu causes many painful symptoms, and in some cases even death. Many missed days of school and work are also attributed annually to the flu. Local officials are working hard to keep it from happening to you.
Penny Powel is a survivor of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and is helping local officials make sure our community survives when the flu strikes.
Penny Powel said, "I don't think people realize how horrible flu can be. I lost my grandfather, I was little; to think that he died, but I didn't."
The Leon County Health Department, Red Cross, and city and county officials announced a new state-funded pilot project Friday. It picks teams from Frenchtown and Waverly Hills neighborhoods to be trained on how to make sure their neighbors know how to take care of themselves and others in the event of a flu pandemic.
Julz Graham, a Waverly Hills resident, said. "I think it's a great idea. I think we need to be aware because if something does happen we need to be able to react quickly. I wouldn't know what the first thing to do would be, so I'm glad that we're doing it."
The officials are using the new Grassroots Influenza Awareness Campaign to teach citizens to sneeze and cough into a handkerchief or sleeve to keep from spreading germs. They suggest greeting by touching elbows instead of shaking hands.
The Leon County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring October as Influenza Awareness Month.