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Now is Not the Time for the CDC to Relax Opioid Prescription Guidelines

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This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. The report is an update to previous 2016 Guidelines, but takes a step backwards in the national fight against the opioid crisis. In response, Dr. Kenneth A. Scheppke, Florida's Deputy Secretary for Health, wrote the response below. This was published in the Wall Street Journal on November 21, 2022.

DOH-Okaloosa reminds residents to protect themselves from the flu by getting their annual flu shot. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women.

The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and serious complications. The flu vaccine is available free to children 6 months to 18 years of age at both DOH-Okaloosa locations

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