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Fight the Flu: Get Your Flu Shot

By Mirna Chamorro

September 27, 2018

SANFORD, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) encourages all Floridians to Fight the Flu by getting a flu shot this 2018 flu season. Getting the flu shot is the first and most important step to fight the flu and its potential serious complications. Floridians should get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others.

“Getting a flu shot each year provides protection to you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year before flu activity begins in the community. In addition to the flu vaccine, it is important to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as: cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water and stay home when sick,” said Donna Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. Every flu season is unique, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Receiving your flu vaccination if you are healthy helps to prevent illness in our most vulnerable populations. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

Flu shots for children and adults are available at the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, Sanford located at 400 West Airport Boulevard by appointment Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Flu shots are free for children 6 months through 18 years of age-a small administration fee may apply. For more information on immunizations visit www.seminolecohealth.com.

Check with your physician or use our Flu Shot Locator to schedule your flu vaccine by visiting www.FluFreeFlorida.com.

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