Flu vaccine available at Health Department

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Special to the Citizen:

Flu vaccines are available at the Health Department now for only $25.00. Influenza seasons are unpredictable, and can begin as early as October.

Additionally, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection.

All Georgians are encouraged to protect themselves from the flu through vaccination and practicing proper hand washing. Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus, which spreads from infected persons to the nose or throat of others. Influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be dangerous for people with heart or breathing conditions. It can cause high fever and seizures in children.

Health officials recommend that everyone should cover their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing, especially those with flu-like symptoms. If you have fever or other flu-like symptoms, limit your exposure to other people.

The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community.

Annual vaccination is particularly important for the following groups: Pregnant women, children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities, people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Each year, on average, approximately 15-60 million persons in the United States are infected with influenza virus; an estimated 200,000 persons are hospitalized from influenza complications, and an estimated 36,000 persons die from those complications. Influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and potentially severe complications. CDC recommends that anyone who wants to reduce their risk for influenza infection should be vaccinated every influenza season.

We provide the flu vaccine to those who qualify for state supply or the Vaccines for Children Program as well as to those who are privately insured. We may be able to file your insurance for you.

The Morgan County Health Department vaccine hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30-11:30 and 1:00-4:00, Tuesday’s 8:30-11:30 and 1:00-6:00 and Friday’s 8:00-1:30. The clinic is located at 20005 South Main Street, Suite 200, Madison, GA 30650. Call 706-752-1266 for more information.

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