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Get Vaccinated to Fight Flu

October 01, 2019

Panama City, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is reminding all Bay County residents to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. Protect yourself and those you love this season by getting by getting your flu shot soon. The season in our area is typically October through March, but the flu can be unpredictable. The CDC says this year’s vaccine is updated to better match viruses that may be circulating in the United States.

“Flu activity, although sporadic, is on the increase,” said Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. “Last year’s shot will not protect you this year. Everyone who is able to get a flu shot should get a vaccination annually to protect themselves and those around them.”

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 and adjuvanted vaccine 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 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.

DOH-Bay is offering flu vaccines children ages 6 months to 18 years of age at no charge through the Vaccines For Children program. The Health Department also offers adult flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine. There is a fee for this service.  The adult flu vaccine is offered for a $36.71 for the regular vaccine and $67.40 for the hi dose flu vaccines. Vaccines are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  No appointment is necessary. 

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