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FL Dept of Health in Pinellas - Epidemiology


Yearly flu vaccines are recommended for anyone older than six months of age, but they’re especially important for seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions.  This season’s vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

In addition to maintaining good health habits and washing your hands with soap and water, a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from influenza. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses if you do get sick, which can mean less time lost at work or in school.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in, so late October is a good time to get immunized before holiday gatherings in November and December.

DOH-Pinellas also provides the flu vaccine for a fee at its centers, as do many other locations in the county. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Protection at for information and tips on staying healthy to #FightFlu.

For information about DOH-Pinellas, go to or call (727) 824-6900. Follow us on Twitter @HealthyPinellas.