Orlando – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will be holding free flu shot events to offer more opportunities for those who want to get vaccinated against the flu. It is not too late to get vaccinated because a typical flu season usually peaks in February. The flu shots will be available at no cost, on a first come first served walk-in basis, while supplies last at the following three event locations:
- Thursday, January, 30, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm Barnett Park, Dolphin Room, 4801 West Colonial Drive, Orlando.
- Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Renaissance Senior Center, South Econlockhatchee Community Park, 3850 South Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando.
- Monday, February 3, 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Coalition for the Homeless, Men’s Pavilion, 639 W. Central Boulevard, Orlando.
In Florida, the most common influenza subtype detected at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL) in recent weeks has been influenza A (2009 H1N1). The strain is causing similar complications as it did in 2009. This year's vaccine does provide coverage of H1N1.
The majority of deaths from flu in the United States have occurred in persons with underlying chronic health conditions. Pregnant women, young children, cancer patients, people with asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, and kidney disease need to pay particular attention to personal hygiene, avoid close contact to infected persons, and consult with their healthcare provider regarding the influenza vaccine.
Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, sore throat, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment.
It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, the Florida Department of Health in Orange or Seminole Counties or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a location to receive your flu vaccine.
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