The Chattooga County Health Department, 60 Farrar Drive, Summerville, will begin offering flu immunizations at a special one-day clinic, Thursday, September 21, on a walk-in basis from 8 AM to 11:30 AM and 1 PM until 5:30 PM.
“We encourage everyone over six months of age to get immunized against the flu,” says health department Nurse Manager Judy Wesson. “It’s the single best way to protect yourself and those you love from getting influenza this flu season.”
Wesson says the health department will be offering flu immunizations after the September 21 clinic, during regular business hours while supply lasts, but hopes as many Chattooga County residents as possible will take advantage of the special one-day September 21 clinic to get immunized.
“We have the higher-dose vaccine available for adults 65 and older who are at greater risk of severe illness from influenza and
the quadrivalent vaccine that provides broader protection against circulating flu viruses for everyone else,” Wesson says.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious, sometimes deadly, disease. “Getting immunized is the single best way to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu,” Wesson says.
In addition to getting vaccinated, Wesson reminds that people can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to stop the spread of germs. “If you’re sick with the flu, you should also stay home from work or school so you don’t spread it to others,” Wesson says.
“Children younger than six months are at a higher risk for serious flu complications, but are too young for the flu vaccine, so taking these precautionary steps around infants is especially important.”
Cost for the flu shot is $35. Acceptable payment methods include cash and credit-and-debit cards. For insurance plans accepted, contact the health department.
Chattooga County Health Department hours are Monday – Wednesday 8 am to 5 pm, Thursday 8 am to 6:30 pm, and Friday 8 am to 2 pm. The Environmental Health office’s hours are Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Contact the Chattooga County Health Department, 60 Farrar Drive, Summerville, at 706-857-3471; the Environment Health office at 706-857-3377, or visit www.nwgapublichealth.org/counties/chattooga
For more information about influenza immunizations, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm
About the Chattooga County Health Department: The Chattooga County Health Department works to prevent disease, injury, and disability; promote health and wellbeing; and prepare for and respond to disasters, thereby improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Chattooga County. We provide exceptional medical services, track and prevent the spread of disease, promote health and safety through education and communication, monitor area environmental safety, including restaurant and other food-service inspections, and ensure our community is prepared for public health emergencies. Find us on the web at www.nwgapublichealth.org/counties/chattooga