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By Nathaly Matos

October 21, 2019

 The Florida Department of Health is encouraging everyone to “Be a Positive Influence - Get Vaccinated! Protect Your Family, Friends and Community Against Influenza.”

With the 2019-2020 flu season upon us, it is vital that all Floridians get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others.

The annual flu vaccine is safe and is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu.

It is also essential to practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands to help prevent the spread of seasonal flu. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. You can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face.

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County offers free and low-cost flu vaccinations for children and adults. Please call (407) 343-2000 to schedule an appointment.

The flu vaccine is offered in many other convenient locations, including doctor's offices, clinics, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers and by many employers and schools. Visit the department’s flu shot locater page to search for a flu vaccine location near you.

For further information regarding influenza surveillance information, messaging and guidance, visit the influenza homepage at