The flu is widespread across Florida and the nation, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.
News reports detail the impact of the bad flu season: Flu is widespread in 41 states...deaths climbed to 18... outpatient visits for flu jumped to 5.6 percent.
Getting a flu shot is still the best line of defense, according to health experts. Fortunately, it's easy to find a clinic, pharmacy or even grocery store in Florida where flu vaccines areoffered. Here's a quick look:
1.) Publix supermarkets offer flu shots. The Florida-based grocery store chain also has a "flu shot" locator, where you can enter in your zipcode to find the stores that offer shots in your community or neighborhood.
2.) CVS pharmacies are offering a 20 percent shopping discount to folks who get their flu shots at the store. Just ask about the discount at the pharmacy window. CVS accepts insurance, too, for the cost of the shots.
3.) Walgreens is offering flu shots. Walk-ins are welcome at most sites. Shot is free with Medicare recipients. Otherwise, it is covered by most insurance plans.
4.) The Pinellas County Health Department has flu shots. The department has centers throughout Pinellas, but it is recommended that you call ahead. Here is a listing of locations.