Bartow, Florida - The Florida Department of Health in Polk County is recognizing the week of Dec. 8-14, 2013, as National Influenza Vaccination Week.
It's a nationwide effort to remind everyone of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu.
The flu vaccine is the first and most important step you can take, say health officials, in protecting yourself and your loved ones against seasonal flu viruses and possible complications.
Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
Pneumonia shots are recommended for those over 65 years of age, or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system.
"Vaccination is very important for healthcare workers and others who live with or care for those at high risk of flu complications, such as pneumonia," said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.
"I urge everyone to discuss vaccine options with their healthcare provider, or call one of our clinics for an appointment."
People at high risk of serious flu complications include:
- Young children
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years of age and older
- People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.
Flu and pneumonia shots are available at the health department locations listed below. Please call for available appointment times.
Auburndale Health Clinic, 1805 Hobbs Road (863) 678-4144
Haines City Health Clinic 1700 Baker Avenue E. (863) 421-3204
Lakeland Health Clinic 3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd. (863) 413-2620
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