Immunizations Contact Information
Due to the wide availability of flu vaccine in Indian River County, the health department is no longer offering flu shots to the general public. If you are a patient of the health department, please call the clinic for information on getting your flu shot. If you are not a patient of the health department, please contact your health care provider, the Visiting Nurse Association or your local pharmacy for information on getting a flu shot.
Those who should get vaccinated for the flu include:
Everyone 6 months of age and older, including anyone who received the 2009 H1N1 vaccine and anyone who got sick with H1N1, unless othwerwise directed by your physician
Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of having severe flu illness. High risk persons include:
- People who care for children younger than 6 months of age, because children less than 6 months are too young to receive a flu vaccination and, therefore, are at high risk of having serious flu illness if they get the virus from someone close to them.
- Young children 6 months and older, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart or lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination is also important for health care workers and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep them from spreading the virus to those who are high risk.
As always, you can also help prevent the spread of the flu virus by:
- Always practicing good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as these are ways viruses can enter your body
- Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your sleeve
- Staying home when sick and keeping sick children home from school
And remember, while it is important to get your flu shot to prevent you from getting sick, it is also important to get your flu shot to prevent others getting sick from you. Be flu smart, do your part.
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