FREE Flu Shot ClinicsFREE Flu Shot Clinic will be held at the UP Center located at 2520 Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce from 10am-2pm on November 1 and the 15th. Shots are provided on a first come first served basis
Through the support of the United Way, the FamilyWize discount prescription card and Walgreens Pharmacy, the UP Center is pleased to sponsor a free flu clinic at its location on Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fort Pierce.
“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population — or up to 64.6 million people — gets the flu, and tens of thousands of people are hospitalized every year because of it. Further, the flu can strike anyone, and adults aged 18-64 years old are the most likely to get ill, accounting for 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations. This number goes up in certain areas, and some states — such as Texas, Florida and California — tend to be hit harder by the flu than others.
The flu shot reduces the risk of hospitalization due to flu by approximately 50 to 60 percent. . The flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the virus; people who get the shot are still at risk of getting sick. However, if you do get sick, the flu vaccination can make your illness milder. There is NO chance that the flu shot will give you the flu. The vaccine is made up of inactivated virus particles that activate your immune system to produce antibodies that protect you from the flu if you become exposed to it later.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. It’s best to get vaccinated before flu begins spreading in your community.
If you have not yet received your flu shot for the season, we hope you will stop by the Life Enrichment Center on November 1 & 15 from 10 am to 2pm to get yours today. Shots are provided on a first come first served basis, so please spread the word! Call 772-468-8543 to sign up or for more information.