flu shots

Last year about 80,000 people in the United States died from the flu. Department of Health epidemiologist Jennifer Roth explained that the flu season begins in October and runs until May. She shared some insight about the virus and how to prevent it with WGCU's Andrea Perdomo.


Florida Blue has teamed up with Walgreens to offer free flu shots every Thursday in October from 10 a.m. until noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

80,000 People Died Of Flu Last Winter In U.S.

Sep 27, 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.

Students in Duval and Clay counties who did not get a flu shot at school last fall will have another vaccination opportunity next week.

Bay County health officials say they’re ready to start administering flu vaccines for local kids again. The health department ran out of the vaccine earlier this week.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health is giving out free flu shots on Friday, Oct. 21 for their 20th Annual Free Flu Shot Drive.

The Associated Press

Florida’s Medicaid program says it is providing free flu shots to as many as 75,000 additional pregnant women this season.

The state did away with fees late last week for 65,000 to 75,000 adult women enrolled in the Medicaid program, Michelle Dahnke, spokeswoman for the Agency for Health Care Administration, told Health News Florida.

The Florida Department of Health says flu season is picking up, placing pregnant women at high risk for serious illness. This week, 24 Florida counties have reported an increase in influenza cases, particularly the H1N1 swine flu, a dominant strain this season, the Palm Beach Post reports. The H1N1 swine flu caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009.