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'Tis the season for flu vaccination

CDC says vaccination best step to protect yourself, loved ones against flu

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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Health officials in Clay County reminded the public on Tuesday that even though the holiday season has arrived, there is still time to get your flu vaccination.

The Florida Department of Health in Clay County recognizes Dec. 4 through 10 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. The department, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive the vaccine each year to protect against illness.

“Give the gift of health this season,” Health Officer and Health Department Administrator Heather Huffman said. “Take time to ensure that you and your loved ones have received their flu vaccinations. Vaccination is the best protection against influenza and preventable illness.”

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices and local pharmacies. Getting vaccinated can be the single best step to protect yourself and loved ones against the flu.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national observance established in 2005 by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination during the holiday season and beyond.

Click here for more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week.