(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Rebeca Sosa is partnering with the Miami-Dade County Health Department to offer the “Annual Flu Vaccination Drive” for County residents. The flu shots will be administered at the Miami Springs Community Center, 1401 Westward Drive, in Miami Springs on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Residents who fall within the highest risk groups for contracting the flu - those 65 and older, and children 6 to 18 years old - will receive the shots for free. Those 19 thru 64-years-old will be charged a nominal fee of $20.00 for the flu shot.
The flu can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Since the virus mutates, experts recommend getting vaccinated every year to have the latest protection against newer strains that may be circulating. "If we have the means to protect people from this contagious and debilitating illness, then we need to use them," said Commissioner Sosa. "Studies show that flu-related deaths occur most frequently in the oldest and youngest populations, which is why we are making this vaccine available to everyone."
For more information, please call Commissioner Sosa's district office at 305-267-6377.