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Friday, January 28, 2022

CDC recommends flu shots for everyone over 6 months old

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months.

According to the CDC, the flu season in the United States typically lasts from October until May, and the highest activity peaks occur between December and February.

Due to COVID-19 prevention measures such as mask wearing, increased hand washing, and social distancing, the 2020-2021 flu season saw a significant decrease in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The CDC anticipates that the 2021-2022 flu season will be more severe than last year’s.

The elderly and people with chronic conditions or immunosuppression will benefit the most from the flu shot, according to the CDC. The center points out that the shot is beneficial for everyone in helping reduce the spread of the flu, especially to those who are more vulnerable like the elderly and those with chronic conditions.

The CDC has updated its recommendations and says that it is safe to receive the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. When getting both vaccines together, it is recommended to use two different limbs instead of getting both shots in the same one.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County announced earlier this month that the flu vaccine is now free for all county residents regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Marion County website.