Volusia County, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is offering flu vaccines throughout the county.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is suggesting that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October. This year, the CDC is only recomending injectable flu shots.
“By getting vaccinated, you not only protect yourself from getting the flu, but you also protect your loved ones by preventing the spread of the virus,” said DOH-Volusia Administrator Patricia Boswell. “You also can prevent spreading the flu by washing your hands regularly and staying home when sick.”
The Flu vaccine is being offered at 4 DOH-Volusia locations starting Tuesday, October 11:
1. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Tues through Fri at 1845 Holsonback Dr, Daytona Beach
2. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Tues through Fri at 775 Harley Strickland Blvd, Orange City
3. 1 PM to 4 PM on Tuesday at 717 W Canal St, New Smyrna Beach
4. 1 PM to 4 PM on Wednesdays at 3151 Howland Blvd, Deltona
A basic (quadrivalent) vaccine will cost $30, a high-dose flu vaccine designed for people 65 and older is $50, the PPSV23 pneumococcal vaccine is $85, and the PCV13 pneumococcal vaccine is $150. There’s no cost for Medicaid and non-HMO Medicare Part B subscribers. Appointments aren’t required.
Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone, but especially for people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with long-term health problems like asthma, diabetes and kidney disease.
“The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its complications,” Boswell added. “By getting vaccinated before the flu season starts, people will be protected when the flu begins to affect our community in large numbers. However, getting vaccinated later still can be beneficial since the flu virus will still be circulating into January.”
For more info on flu vaccines, call the DOH-Volusia at 386-274-0509 and select option 1.
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