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Pasco residents urged to get flu shots


Get flu shots, health officials recommend

Flu season is upon us, so the Pasco County Health Department is urging everyone to get the seasonal flu shot. Most people recover from the flu in a few days, but some people can develop complications such as pneumonia that can be life-threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seasonal flu vaccine for all people 6 months and older. A flu shot is especially important for people at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause the flu that particular year. This year's vaccine once again provides protection against the H1N1 (pandemic) influenza and two other influenza viruses. Residents may contact their health care providers for the shot or visit a Pasco County Health Department office, which offers flu shots for $25 ($40 for the high dose recommended for those 65 and older). Customers providing proof of Medicare Part B (non-HMO) coverage may be eligible for shots at no charge. Flu vaccine for children is free. No appointment is necessary, but residents are encouraged to call first for availability of vaccine. The health department may be reached by calling (727) 861-5260 ext. 268 in New Port Richey; (352) 521-1450 in Dade City; (813) 558-5173 in Land O'Lakes; or (813) 780-0740 in Zephyrhills.


Lottery ticket has prize of $173,381

A lottery ticket worth more than $173,000 was purchased over the weekend at the Publix at 3100 Little Road. The winning numbers in Sunday's Fantasy 5 drawing — 08-25-31-34-36 — were selected via Quick Pick, according to the Florida Lottery. The person holding the sole winning ticket will get $173,381.45. For information visit


Democratic Club to talk of 'Penny' vote

The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the meeting room of the Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. A speaker will discuss the Penny for Pasco proposal on the November ballot. Democratic and nonpartisan candidates are invited to attend and give a short presentation. All interested citizens are welcome.


State lawmaker to address GOP club

State Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, will discuss the 11 amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot as well as issues for the next legislative session at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Republican Club of Central Pasco. The event begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments and networking, followed immediately by the meeting. The group meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, contact Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.

Pasco residents urged to get flu shots 10/09/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:35pm]
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