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Host a foreign exchange student for July 2018!

Contact Susan James904-806-1392

Have you ever thought about hosting a foreign exchange student? Step in Florida is looking for families in Volusia County to host a student from Spain for the month of July. This is a great experience for both you and your family! There is no cost to host a student. You just provide room/board and meals for the month of July, and you treat the teen like one of your own. A teen from Spain will stay with your family, hone their English skills, and get to know more about American culture. Your family will also learn about their culture, and you may make a lifelong friend in the process. Students come with their own spending money for outings and activities, and the program has field trips that they take them on during the month (theme parks, etc.). You can read about my experience doing this program here.

If you would like more information about being a host family, contact Susan James for details:
Susan James
Phone: 904-806-1392
Email: julystudent@aol.com

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A message about flu from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County





Get vaccinated today!

For those who have still not received a flu shot this year, it’s not too late! Annual vaccinations are safe and provide protection for each flu season. Getting vaccinated helps protect you and your loved ones. Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain underlying health conditions. 

Children need to be vaccinated as well. Last week, 52 percent of reported outbreaks were in daycare (17 percent) or school (35 percent) settings. Emergency department data from last week show that almost 20 percent of visits statewide are due to influenza-like illness in children less than four years old. 

Did you get a flu shot but still got the flu?

Although the flu shot may not have prevented infection, it can still prevent serious life threatening effects and length of the flu. 

Flu vaccination not only protects the elderly but can also significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza. A recent CDC study showed vaccination prevents deaths by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children. Sadly, all five pediatric flu deaths reported in Florida to date this year were in unvaccinated children.

Flu vaccination also may make illness milder if you do get sick. Another recent CDC study showed that flu vaccination reduced intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients. 

Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat the flu if you get sick. There is an adequate supply of antivirals in Florida, although the CDC is aware of some areas where there are delays in receiving new shipments. DOH recommends that you call ahead to your pharmacy for medication availability.


Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information about the flu.

For the most current information about flu activity in Florida, please see Florida’s weekly surveillance report, the Florida Flu Review.

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