$0 Flu Shots Every Thursday in October at Florida Blue Centers
Free Walgreens gift cards available to everyone receiving flu vaccines at Florida Blue Centers
Florida Blue is teaming up with Walgreens to offer $0 flu shots at its Florida Blue Centers every Thursday this month between 10 a.m. and noon. The no cost flu vaccines are available to anyone age 18 or older even if they have health insurance through another provider or do not have health insurance coverage at all. Everyone getting a flu shot at the Florida Blue Center will receive a free Walgreens gift card, while supplies last.
The flu killed 80,000 people in the United States last winter, more than any flu season in decades, according to the CDC. Public health officials are encouraging those 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine before the end of October.
Persons over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine due to an increased risk of flu-related complications. In recent years, it is estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occurred in people age 65 and older.
The vaccine can prevent and reduce the severity of complications from the flu virus, but it takes about two weeks before it is fully effective after receiving the shot.
WHAT: $0 Flu Shot Clinics
WHEN: Every Thursday in October – Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct 18 and Oct. 25
TIME: 10 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: Florida Blue Centers across the state including two locations in Central Florida:
Winter Park Village, 434 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park
Winter Haven Colonial Promenade, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven
DETAILS: Flu shots are available for persons age 18 and older. Those with health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them. Walgreens will have vouchers available for flu vaccines for persons who do not have health insurance coverage. These vouchers will be available on a first come, first serve basis each Thursday.
To find the nearest Florida Blue Center offering $0 Flu Shot Clinics this month, please visitFloridaBlueCenters.com.