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Free vaccinations, blood pressure tests in Long County
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The Long County Health Department will offer tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for adults and free blood pressure checks for all ages on March 9.

The health fair will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the office, 584 N. Macon St., Ludowici. The vaccinations will be free for people who do not have health insurance. The shots are for people who are 19 or older.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis — also known as whooping cough — are serious diseases. Tetanus (lockjaw) can cause painful muscle tightening in the head and neck; diphtheria can cause a coating in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing problems; and pertussis can cause severe coughing spells.

Although most children receive vaccine to shield them from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, protection can wear off in later years.
Health department staff will also be on hand provide free blood pressure screens for all ages. No appointment is necessary.

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