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Health Department Urging Pregnant Women to Get Flu Shot

Flu Vaccine
Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-17 13:00:48-04

 

Tallahassee–The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is really urging pregnant woman to get a flu shot this season. Experts are saying that there is a higher risk due to the flu season being more impactful this year. 

“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu,” said Holly Kirsch, acting administrator for the Department of Heath in Leon County. 

“We want to make sure people understand how important it is for pregnant women to get the influenza vaccination to protect themselves and their babies.”

The department is recommending that people six months old and older take the flu shot every year. They say that it is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated because of the complications the could come up if a pregnant woman gets the flu. The flu vaccination is safe and will help protect the mother, her unborn child, and newborn children during their first several months after birth.

This week the department is holding two special flu shot clinics this week at the Roberts & Stevens Clinic, 1515 Old Bainbridge Road.    The clinics will be:

 Tuesday, January 28, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year.  Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers and through many employers and schools. Check with your physician or the Florida Department of Health in Leon County or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a location to receive a flu vaccine.

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