Flu shots available at health department’s centers

The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccine at its health centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Deltona.

“Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, acting director of the Volusia County Health Department. “It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as the 2012-2013 flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Influenza seasons are unpredictable.

Flu vaccines are offered at all Volusia County Health Department locations.

The prices are $25, flu; $45, high-dose flu zone (65 and over); and $65 for pneumonia.

The health department accepts Medicare Part B, non-HMO insurances.

The centers are located at 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach;  7171 W. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach; 935 N. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand; and 3151 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
Downtown Daytona to celebrate holidays on Dec. 15

The public is invited to the Home for the Holidays event at Riverfront Park from 1 p.m. -6 p.m. Dec. 15. Bobby Bosley will serve as the master of ceremonies as performances from the Calvary Christian Praise Band and Choir, the Warner Christian Academy Velvet Blues Marching Band and the 14th Annual Downtown Opry Christmas Reunion, which features Linda Cole, Michael Leone, Shari Frink, Joey Miller, Eddie Uzzle, SASS and other local performers take place.

Other activities will include the Shergren Farms Petting Zoo and Santa’s Workshop. The Home for the Holidays event is free and open to the public.

The festivities will conclude with the 12th Annual Daytona Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax River beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade is presented by the Halifax River Yacht Club.



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