DOH Leon encourages residents to get seasonal flu vaccinations
October 6, 2022
The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is encouraging residents to get seasonal flu shots
Tallahassee, Florida– The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) encourages residents to protect themselves, their loved ones and those around them by getting a flu shot. People are advised to get flu shots as soon as possible and definitely by the end of October for the 2022-23 flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that from October 1, 2021, to June 11, 2022, there were nine million to 13 million flu illnesses and 5,000 to 14,000 flu deaths. For Florida flu statistics, please visit the Department’s Florida Flu Review website.
“As we head into flu season, remember that flu shots are available at various locations in Leon County,” said Brandi Knight, MPH, DOH Leon Health Officer. “As always, we encourage everyone to practice our tried-and-true flu prevention strategies: wash your hands often, stay home if you’re sick, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.”
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women. Individuals who are most at risk of becoming severely ill from the flu are young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, and people age 65 and older.
It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot 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 completely protect against the flu, it can reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications.
DOH Leon now offers flu shots for children ages 6 months to 18 years for free through the Children’s Vaccine Program. DOH-Leon also offers adult flu shots for $32.15 and a high-dose flu shot for $73.15. Vaccines are available by appointment only. The health department accepts most private insurances at no additional cost. However, the insured are encouraged to obtain their vaccinations through their primary care provider, urgent care centers, community health centers, or local pharmacy.
Call (850) 404-6388 to make an appointment.
People who have the flu often experience some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever*- It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever
- sore throat
- runny nose or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (very tired)
- sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
Most people recover from the flu on their own, but if you belong to a high-risk group and have flu-like symptoms or are in close contact with someone who has the flu, a healthcare provider may recommend that you take an antiviral medicine as a precaution.
More information about the flu can be found online through the Florida Department of Health website and from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/flu.
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