Florida Department of Health Encourages Residents to Get Flu Shot Now
September 17, 2020
County health departments on the Treasure Coast – Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River - are urging residents to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection.
Getting the flu shot each year is important, but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also, having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could lead to a negative outcome.
The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to help prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.
Additionally, there will be less spread of the flu and COVID-19 if everyone continues to:
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Wear a face covering when around others or if social distancing isn’t possible
The flu vaccine is offered in many convenient locations. Visit the department’s flu shot locater page at https://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a flu vaccine location near you.