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Florida Department of Health Reminds Floridians to Protect Themselves From the Flu

By Patricia Roberts

October 21, 2019

October 18, 2019

Florida Department of Health Reminds
Floridians to Protect themselves

from the flu

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine.

Patti Roberts

DeFuniak Springs Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Walton 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.

“It’s never too late to get a flu shot, but the earlier you get one the better,” said Holly Holt, Health Officer and Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Walton County. “It is recommended to get the flu vaccine before the end of October.”

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six 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 by appointment at the DOH-Walton DeFuniak Springs clinic every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is available at our Coastal Branch, located in Santa Rosa Beach, every Monday and Wednesday 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call (850) 892-8015 to make an appointment.

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About the Florida Department of Health

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