Get ready for food, family and football — Fall has finally arrived! Polk County might not showcase much in the way of brilliant foliage, but at least residents can look forward to cooler temperatures (and lower electric bills!) Open windows, sweater weather and pumpkin-flavored treats aren’t the only things Floridians can expect this time of year, though. Unfortunately, autumn’s arrival also marks the start of something much less festive: flu season.
Despite the fact that vaccination is the undisputed best defense against the influenza virus, many folks still skip this important safeguard. According to CDC guidelines, annual flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older. This is especially important for individuals who are at high risk for developing serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia. Vaccination is crucial for patients who:

  • Have asthma
  • Have diabetes
  • Have heart or lung disease
  • Are pregnant
  • Are 65 or older
  • Live with or take care of someone at high risk
  • Are younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years of age.
  • Have a depressed immune system, HIV/AIDS or cancer

Whether you’re in fragile health, or fit as a fiddle, getting vaccinated is vital maintaining the wellbeing of everyone in our community. Even if you’ve never been sick, forgoing a flu shot can help spread the disease to people aren’t as robust. Make an appointment to get a flu shot today — it’s a simple step that can help ensure a happy, healthy holiday season for all.