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Drive by and Arm against Flu in north Georgia

August 22, 2014

Public Health Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics offer 4-in-1 Flu Shot & High-Dose!

Drive by and arm against four strains of flu this fall at a Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in north Georgia.

Fast, safe, and convenient, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics are conducted annually in the North Georgia Health District by public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. These clinics are designed to serve people quickly and efficiently as they remain in their vehicles.

This year, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics will offer the 4-in-1 quadrivalent flu vaccine.

Quadrivalent flu vaccine is similar to the more commonly used trivalent flu vaccine; but, instead of protecting against just three strains of influenza, quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Also, Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine will be available to people ages 65 and older. Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibodies) contained in regular flu vaccine to provide extra protection for people whose immune systems have become weaker with age.

The cost of the quadrivalent flu shot will be $25 and the Fluzone High-Dose flu shot will cost $50. Cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid plus Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance will be accepted. The Cherokee County Health Department will also accept credit cards.

Beyond providing residents with protection against the upcoming flu season, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics provide public health staff and community partners with the opportunity to test their plans for rapidly administering medication during a public health crisis such as a widespread disease outbreak. Participating community partners include local law enforcement, volunteers, businesses and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department.

The days and times of the Drive-by Flu Shot clinics in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield are listed on the website. Click here for a full schedule.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

The most convenient way to get that vaccine in north Georgia will be at the nearest county health department’s Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic.

For additional details about the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics, call the local county health department. To learn more about influenza and flu protection, log onto the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu/.