Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Deputies: Wimauma teacher's aide sexually molested teen, 13


    A Wimauma teacher's aide faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl.

    Sonny Juarez, 29, a teacher's aide in Wimauma, faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl on several occasions while working at the RCMA Wimauma Academy, 18236 U.S. 301 S, between November 2016 and March 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

  2. Tampa Bay deputies head to UF to assist with Richard Spencer's speech

    Public Safety

    Local deputies are heading up to Alachua County in preparation of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech in Gainesville on Thursday.

    Law enforcement is stepped up in Gainesville on Oct. 18, 2017, ahead of Richard Spencer's appearance. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  3. Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor


    Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.

    U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney poses after completing her routine on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Maroney posted a statement on Twitter Oct. 18, 2017, in which she said she was molested for years by former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. [Associated Press]
  4. Top 5 at Noon: Facts on Richard Spencer's Florida visit; Column: Jameis, don't be a hero; Locale Market changes again


    Here are the latest headlines and updates on

    White nationalist Richard Spencer (C) and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer is set to speak at the University of Florida. [Getty]
  5. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Uncertainty surrounds Jameis Winston's health


    Greg Auman talks about the Bucs' quarterback situation, with uncertainty around Jameis Winston's health, in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Jameis Winston takes the field for warmups before the Bucs' game against the Cardinals Sunday in Glandale, Ariz. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]