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Department of Health Encourages Floridians to Get Flu Shot Now

Washington County News
Florida Department of Health

TALLAHASSEE — County health departments in Florida are urging residents to contact their health care 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.

The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.

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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

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly

Wear a face covering when around others or if social distancing isn't possible

Lives are saved when less virus is circulating