Welcome to the Florida Department
of Health in Santa Rosa County
Our mission is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. We are pleased to provide you with more information on the many ways we serve the community. As you browse our website, please remember that public health is much more than the services we provide at the health department. Public health is influenced by everyone in the community, so it is important that we all work together to make Santa Rosa County a healthier place. Our health department is dedicated to providing the expertise and resources necessary to improve the county's health, but we need your commitment to make a Healthy Santa Rosa!
Is it a Cold or the Flu?
Many folks in our community have been feeling "under the weather" lately. But is it a cold or the flu? Here is a list of symptoms for both. Check out the differences and similarities. See your doctor if you believe you have the flu. And don't forget - wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you are sick!
|Fever||Rare||Characteristic, high (100-102°F); lasts 3-4 days|
|General aches & pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, weakness||Quite mild||Can last 2-3 weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Mild to moderate; hacking cough||Common; can become severe|
|Complications||Sinus congestion or earache||Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening|
|Prevention||None||Annual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or Tamiflu (antiviral drugs)|
|Treatment||Only temporary relief of symptoms||Symmetrel, Flumadine, or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms|
The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is now offering flu vaccines for adults and children. Vaccines are free for children 18 years old and under through the Vaccines for Children program.
Adult flu shots are $20. Cash, credit cards, and checks are accepted. We are able to bill Medicare Part B if the patient does not have a Medicare supplement.