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 encourages citizens to contact their health care provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection.
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.
The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.
Annual flu shots are recommended for people at high risk for complications from the flu including:
- people age 65 and older
- pregnant women
- 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.