The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County is joining health departments in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Volusia in urging residents to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to offer protection.

Getting the flu shot each year is important, but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also, having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could lead to a negative outcome.

The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to help prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.

Additionally, there will be less spread of the flu and COVID-19 if everyone continues to:

  • • Stay home if you’re sick
  • • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • • Wear a face covering when around others or if social distancing isn’t possible