Protect Yourself From the Flu

This year, Florida’s hospitals are asking every Floridian to get a flu shot.

The safe and effective flu shot protects you and others from the potentially deadly flu and it helps preserve critical hospital resources for patients with COVID-19 and other serious conditions and illnesses. The flu puts as many as 810,000 Americans in the hospital each year and kills as many as 61,000. This can be prevented.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months get an annual flu shot, and the earlier in the flu season you get your shot, the better protected we all are. But, it’s never too late to get your flu shot, and the vaccine will be available for as long as the flu virus is circulating.

Florida’s hospitals and clinics are safe and ready to help you take care of your health. Reach out to your local hospital to learn more about what they are doing to keep you safe and to make getting your flu shot as easy and convenient as possible.

Help Create a #FluFreeFlorida

Florida Blue, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the Florida Medical Association (FMA) joined together to encourage Floridians to get a flu shot so all may have a #FluFreeFlorida.

“Flu shots can protect everyone in your family, from your 6-month-old baby to your 100-year-old great-grandmother,” said Dr. Elana Schrader, senior vice president of health care services for Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan.

“Getting a flu vaccination will help reduce the burden on our healthcare system’s response to COVID-19 and preserve medical resources for those who need it most – our elderly neighbors, friends with chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes and thousands of Floridians at risk for hospitalization,” said Mary Mayhew, president and CEO, Florida Hospital Association.

“Our physicians stand ready to encourage and administer flu shots without delay,” said FMA President Mike Patete, M.D.

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