Appointments are not needed for flu shots.

For the best protection from the flu, you should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in the community. According to the most recent Florida Flu Review, “Influenza activity has increased but remains low statewide. Modest increases are expected over the coming weeks as we approach the start of the traditional influenza season.”

According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection from the flu. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. DOH-Volusia will offer flu vaccination through the winter since seasonal flu activity can continue through late spring.

Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone. People at high risk for complications from the flu include:

DOH-Volusia also recommends pneumonia vaccines for people over 65 years of age or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. This vaccine will help protect against pneumonia – a serious complication of the flu.

Versions of vaccines are approved for people of different ages as well as for use in pregnant women and those with specific health conditions. DOH-Volusia does not offer the nasal vaccine (FluMist) this year.

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 log on to volusiahealth.com/shots or call the Department of Health in Volusia County at 386-274-0509.

About the Florida Department of Health 

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.