LARGO - Pinellas residents can protect themselves from the seasonal flu with a vaccine at no charge during the Pinellas County Health Department's Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, Dec. 3 at its Mid-County location, 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
Flu vaccines will be provided from 5:30 to 8 p.m., as long as supplies last.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of influenza will increase into the winter season and will traditionally peak during January and February. While flu vaccines are important for anyone older than 6 months of age, these groups would benefit most from receiving a yearly flu vaccine:
- Pregnant women
- Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
- Those who live with or care for infants less than 6 months old
- Persons between the ages of 25 months and 64 years with medical conditions that increase his or her risk for influenza-related complications
- Health-care and emergency medical services personnel
To make the flu vaccine process easier on Dec. 3, the required form is posted online at www.PinellasHealth.com. Bring the completed one-page form to the clinic to shorten the waiting time.
For information about the seasonal flu vaccine, go to www.flu.gov, which also has a search tool listing the nearest flu vaccine location. For information about the clinic at Mid-County on Dec. 3, call 524-4410.