Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Department of Health to Offer Flu Shots Today


The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) will host flu clinics on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Naples campus at 3339 Tamiami Trail East and the Immokalee campus at 419 North 1st Street.  Flu shots will be given to anyone age 6 months and older. We will be offering the flu shot free of charge for those who do not have insurance.

“We are encouraged that so many came out to our clinics last week to be vaccinated.  We want to make sure that anyone who wants a flu vaccine is able to get one,” says DOH-Collier Administrator, Stephanie Vick. “It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Collier County is still seeing increased flu and influenza-like illness activity.”

Those who have not been vaccinated should get vaccinated as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is safe and is the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications.

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your health care provider can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate. Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so calling as soon as you become ill is important, especially if you or your loved one is at a higher risk for complications: children younger than 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions.

The Florida Department of Health recommends that sick people stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and that all people use good handwashing practices.

Visit the Florida Department of Health in Collier County website at collier.floridahealth.gov for more information on seasonal influenza, or call 239-252-8555.

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