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Drive-thru flu clinic for public Oct. 30

No appointment necessary

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POSTED: October 20, 2013 11:30 p.m.

The Liberty County Health Department will hold a drive-thru flu-vaccination clinic from
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Shuman Recreational Center, 800 Tupelo Trail in Hinesville. No appointment is necessary.
Cost for both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form is $25.
A high-dose flu vaccine also is being offered for people ages 65 and older, and it is designed to provide the best protection for that age group. The high-dose vaccine costs $40 per dose. Cash, check, Medicaid, Medicare and the State Health Benefit Plan will be accepted.
To save even more time at the drive-thru clinic, residents can download and complete the flu-vaccine consent form by going to www.gachd.org/liberty and clicking on the “Flu Vaccine Information” link on the right side of the page. Information on this year’s flu vaccine also can be found there.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to get protected against the flu, and it doesn’t get much easier than not having to get out of your car,” Liberty County Health Department Nurse Manager Annie Washington said. “The process is quick and easy, and the flu vaccine will protect you throughout flu season.”
Getting vaccinated against the flu is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Neither the flu shot nor the nasal spray can cause the flu. The shot is approved for use in healthy people 6 months and older, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. The nasal spray is approved for healthy people ages 2 to 49 years who are not pregnant.
The flu virus easily is spread through coughs and sneezes and by touching something with the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. That’s why good health habits also are important. When you are sick, stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow and not your hand. Wash hands often with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Adults who visit the health department or their health-care provider to get the flu vaccine are encouraged to ask about additional vaccinations that can help protect them from potentially harmful diseases. A questionnaire about recommended adult vaccines can be found by going to www.gachd.org and clicking on the “Immunizations and Vaccinations” link under the Quick Links menu. The questionnaire is listed under the “Adult Immunizations” header.

 

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