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Local health officials stress flu shot for at-risk populations

Posted at 6:23 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 18:23:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Some people who are at high risk for developing a serious flu-like related complications include children younger than 5, adults 65 years of age or older, those with Asthma or blood disorders like sickle cell disease, and pregnant women. 

We talked with officials from from the Leon County Health Department about the importance getting children vaccinated.  

"Infants, toddlers, school age children, especially since they are around one another," said Labake Ajayi, with the Leon County Health Department. "Definitely recommend for them to get the flu vaccine especially after last year and the amount of pediatric deaths seen nation wide, it's definitely recommended." 

Even though adults are at a lower risk than children officials still warn that anyone, even healthy adults, can acquire serious problems related to the flu.  

"The idea of trying to beat something your self is kind of foolhardy, but it would help to have and attenuated virus in you already that you can fight against it so you can put up a better fight than ignoring the vaccine and its entirely," said Simon Lopez with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. 

If you would like to know how you can protect you and your family from the flu, log onto cdc.gov/flu.