County Health Department has concluded its flu shot clinics for this year,
those who have still not taken the shot should contact their
physician. Some vaccine remains at the health department and will be
available by appointment while it lasts for a $25.00 fee, Medicare
is accepted for the flu shot.
Flu season runs from October through March, often peaking in
February. Each year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S.
population will come down with the flu, leading to 36,000
flu-related deaths and 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations. If more
Americans get their flu shots, those numbers can go down.
High-risk patients are encouraged to get their Flu shots early for the greatest amount of protection. That group includes,
but is not limited to:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in nursing homes and other
long-term care facilities that house those with long-term
- Adults with chronic heart or lung
conditions, including asthma
- Adults who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital
during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like
diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system
(including immune system problems caused by medicines or by
infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)
- Women who will be pregnant during the
- People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function
or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that
makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or
disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or
For More Information Please Contact the Okeechobee County Health
Department at; 863-462-5819.