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THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN FRANKLIN & GULF COUNTY URGE RESIDENTS TO GET FLU SHOT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

By DT Simmons

December 27, 2019

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN FRANKLIN & GULF COUNTY URGE RESIDENTS TO GET FLU SHOT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 

Apalachicola and Port St. Joe, Fla. The Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf is encouraging all unvaccinated residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

Get the Flu Shot 

The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. Individuals that are at most risk for getting severely ill from the flu are young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.

It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s strain. Even if the vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. 

Where to Get the Flu Shot

Flu vaccines are offered at health care providers’ offices, clinics, county health departments,
pharmacies, schools, college health centers and from many employers. Find flu vaccine in your area: 
VaccineFinder.org. Learn more: FluFreeFlorida.

 

Contact:
DT Simmons
Deanna.Simmons@flhealth.gov
(850) 653-2111