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Vaccination is the best protection against the flu

September 17, 2018

Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated before Halloween to reduce the risk of illness this flu season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs and can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February, and can last as late as May.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age or older since flu viruses change.  Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including: people 65 years and older, pregnant women, young children and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County provides flu vaccines at the following centers:

Health District Center, 1350 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33125
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Little Haiti Health Center, 300 NW 80 Terrace, Miami, FL 33138
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

West Perrine Center, 18255 Homestead Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

The flu vaccine is free of cost for children through 18 years of age.  For more information or to learn where you can get your annual flu vaccine please visit www.FluFreeFlorida.com or please contact the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Immunization Program at 786-845-0550 or visit www.miamidade.floridahealth.gov

You may also check with your health care provider or local pharmacy or go to          http://flushot.healthmap.org/ for clinics in your area.

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