To protect against the seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest everyone age six months or older get a flu vaccine every year. The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) offers flu vaccines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at DOH-Volusia locations in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Orange City.
Appointments for flu shots are not required.
Flu and pneumonia vaccines are based on these fees:
No-cost or low-cost ($25) basic (quadrivalent) vaccine
$55 High-dose vaccine (for people age 65 and older)
$95 pneumococcal (PPSV23) vaccine
$180 pneumococcal (PCV13) vaccine
There is no cost for non-HMO Medicare Part B subscribers.
Annual flu shots are recommended for people at high risk for complications from the flu including:
people age 65 and older
infants over six months of age
people with weakened immune systems or long-term health problems (such as asthma, diabetes, or kidney disease)
DOH-Volusia also recommends pneumonia shots for people over 65 years of age or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. This shot will help protect against pneumonia - a serious complication of the flu.
For more information on the flu, visit FluFreeFlorida.com.