Pregnant Women at Risk During Active Flu Season

PANAMA CITY- Beth Adair works at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. So she knows how important it is to get her flu shot.

"I didn't get a flu shot a couple of years ago and I got sick. So now it's just to protect myself and my family," says Adiar.

This year, as much as any previous year, it's important to protect a young family from the flu.

"This season we are really seeing an increase in pregnant women having complications from the flu," says Sandon Speedy of the Health Department.

As a result, the federal government is offering free flu shots to pregnant woman 21 and older through Medicaid. For the rest of us, the vaccine is 29 dollars, or 42 dollars for the high dosed vaccine for those over 65.

"This year the vaccine protects from three different strains, one of those being the H1N1," says Speedy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Florida is experiencing low flu totals so far. Alabama has reportedly seen high levels of flu activity. The H1N1 strain is the most dominant nationally .

Flu season is expected to peak in late January and early February.

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