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Flu Season Continues, Vaccines Still Important

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The flu is typical this time of year, but so far in Florida it hasn't been that bad.

The season is almost halfway over and the Health Department hasn't seen any reported cases in Bay County yet, but that doesn't mean it's time to let your guard down. 

"It changes from year to year, you never know what you are going to get until you get into your particular season... I do know that our vaccine covers different strains in there including the H1N1," Sandon Speedling, Assistant County Health Department Director.

The flu is unpredictable, different strands of the illness can affect people in different ways. The symptoms can be severe in some and not in others.

If you get it, it's important to treat it immediately and do your best to stay away from others while you are contagious.

Before it gets to that point, the flu shot is a vital part in taking care of yourself and the community. It's highly recommended for anyone over six months of age and even though the season has already started its not too late to get one.

"Me taking the flu vaccine is important to your health and you taking the flu vaccine is important to my health that is the way that we really all should look at the this," said Speedling. "The more people taking the vaccine and the more people protected.. The better the overall health of Bay County would be."

The Center for Disease Control recently released a report which showed that nationwide, the influenza vaccine prevented 79,000 hospitalizations and nearly 6.6 million illnesses last season alone.

The Health Department offers vaccines in their clinic from 7:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday

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Publix, Walgreens, CVS, Winn-Dixie, and Target are some of the pharmacies that offer flu vaccines. Check with the location nearest you for information about pricing and hours.