(The information in this post is duplicated from an original Community Connector email received 2/20/18.)
|February 20, 2018
No Cost Flu Shots at the Department of Health
To protect against the seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest everyone age six months or older get a flu vaccine. The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) offers no-cost or low-cost flu vaccines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at all DOH-Volusia locations:
Appointments are not needed for flu shots.
Seasonal flu activity can continue through late spring, according to the CDC.
Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone. People at high risk for complications from the flu include:
DOH-Volusia also recommends pneumonia shots for people over 65 years of age or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. This shot will help protect against pneumonia – a serious complication of the flu.
According to the CDC, after receiving the flu vaccine, the body takes about two weeks to build a full immune response and provide protection. Versions of vaccines are approved for people of different ages as well as for use in pregnant women and those with specific health conditions.
Flu vaccine also is available in a variety of locations including family physicians, pharmacies and many worksites.
For more information on getting a flu vaccine, please call the Department of Health in Volusia County at 386-274-0509. Select option 1.