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Health Department to Host Free Flu Shot Drive-Thru in Orlando

Health Department to Host Free Flu Shot Drive-Thru in Orlando

"Flu vaccine is the best way to protect both children and adults from serious complications, hospitalization, and in many cases, death".

The flu, caused by infection from the influenza virus, can last for a few days or a few weeks depending on the severity of your infection and your overall health. "We urge everyone in Sevier County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it".

A time set aside to encourage those who have not gotten the flu shot to get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary.

"During National Influenza Vaccination Week, get your annual flu vaccine", Pelletier said. Infants younger than six months can not be vaccinated, making it important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives get a flu shot to protect the child.




Remember, the flu vaccine can protect not only you, but everyone around you. "Perhaps, more importantly in some settings, is the fact that the more people who get vaccinated, the less flu spreads around", added Dr. Rehm.

Some of the symptoms of the flu include a high fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, and more. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu can be prescribed to reduce symptoms and help fight the flu. But when conditions like the flu and pneumonia coexist with heart disease, serious and sometimes life threatening trouble with the heart and lungs' primary job of delivering oxygen and fuel to all the body's tissues develop. They recommend everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose. It is especially important for these individuals to be vaccinated each year.

People can find out where flu shots are available at texasflu.org or by contacting their health care provider.


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