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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REMINDS FLORIDIANS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE FLU

October 10, 2019

 

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. Flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. The best way to avoid the flu this season by getting a flu shot soon.

“The flu vaccine is recommended before the end of October,” said Dr. Karen Chapman, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County. “It’s never too late to get a flu shot, but the earlier you get one the better.”

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine every year as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. There are many different flu vaccine options this season, which include high dose and adjuvanted vaccine for adults aged 65 years and older.

CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s flu strain. Even if the flu vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications.

Getting vaccinated if you are healthy helps to protect our most vulnerable populations. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children less than 5, adults over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions, such as asthma and obesity.

The flu vaccine is available free to children 6 months to 18 years of age at both DOH-Okaloosa locations on the days and times listed below:

Fort Walton Beach

Monday and Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Crestview

Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how to be a part of #FluFreeFL. For more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida, please visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu.

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