Florida's flu season typically peaks in February, so there's still time to get vaccinated
Anyone who wants to get vaccinated shouldn’t wait. It takes a couple of weeks for a flu vaccine to become fully effective.
Florida is about three months into its official flu season, but there are still about four months left. Pharmacist and co-founder of Healthy Men Inc,, Salvatore Giorgianni, says the peak hasn’t come yet.
“What we’re seeing is a fairly typical pattern. A rise, a decline and another bump early in the year. The peak of flu season really is traditionally, and I think it’s going to be that way this year too, in early February," Giorgianni says.
Giorgianni says anyone who wants to get vaccinated shouldn’t wait. It takes a couple of weeks for a flu vaccine to become fully effective.
He also cautions that being vaccinated against COVID-19 doesn’t mean you’re protected against the flu. Giorgianni says that’s a question he hears frequently.
“COVID vaccination does not protect you against flu. Flu vaccination does not protect you against COVID anymore than it would give you protection against measles, mumps and rubella," Giorgianni says. "They’re very, very different types of vaccinations for very, very different types of viruses.”
The latest data from the Florida Department of Health shows flu cases in many Florida counties are already on the rise.
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