FLU VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE AT DOH-BAY
October 06, 2020
Everyone is encouraged to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is urging residents to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection. DOH-Bay now also has vaccines for children, adults and seniors available.
DOH-Bay is now offering flu vaccines for children ages 6 months to 18 years of age at no charge through the Vaccines for Children program. DOH-Bay also offers adult flu vaccines for $36.24 and high-dose flu vaccine for $69.77. Vaccines are available by appointment only. Call (850) 872-4455 and follow the prompts for an appointment. If your organization is interested in on-site flu vaccinations, please contact Christine Bartels at Christine.Bartels@FLHealth.gov or call (850) 252-9550.
Getting the flu shot each year is important but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also, having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could lead to a negative outcome.
The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to help prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.
Additionally, there will be less spread of the flu and COVID-19 if everyone continues to:
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
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. 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.
To learn more about the flu, visit the following:
- General flu information- cdc.gov/flu.
- People at high risk for complications- cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm.
- Flu vaccine safety- cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccinesafety.htm.
- VaccineFinder.org- www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html.
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. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.