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Join Flu Free Florida By Getting Your Flu Shot This Fall

By Tom Iovino

October 09, 2018

[Bradenton, Fla.] — The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County is reminding residents to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s record-breaking flu season resulted in 80,000 deaths in the United States, which is the highest number of deaths from the flu in over three decades. Protect yourself and those you love this season by getting your flu shot soon.

“After last year’s severe flu season, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot early,” said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Health Officer with DOH-Manatee. “The best part is you can get yours just about anywhere – your doctor’s office, neighborhood pharmacy or even here at the DOH-Manatee clinic. It takes a few moments, and provides protection throughout the entire flu season.”

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The CDC recommends getting your 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 vaccines 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 under 5 years old, adults over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions, such as asthma or obesity.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how to be a part of #FluFreeFL. For more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida, please visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu.

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