Free flu vaccines offered by Health Department
The Florida Department of Health in Bay is offering free flu vaccines following Hurricane Michael. Appointments are not required. 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. If you have not already done so, protect yourself and those you love this season by getting your flu shot soon.
Shots will be administered at the following locations and times:
597 W. 11th St., Panama City
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Please check-in by 3:30 p.m.)
Mexico Beach Mobile Medical Unit
First Baptist Church
823 15th St., Mexico Beach
Daily 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.
The 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 five 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 and 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.