Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics Coming to North Georgia in October

October 6, 2015

Residents can once again roll in, roll up a sleeve and arm against four strains of flu at drive-by flu shot clinics coming to North Georgia this October.

Always fast, safe and convenient, public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield Counties have conducted the drive-by flu shot clinics annually since 2008. The clinics are designed to serve people quickly and efficiently as they remain in their vehicles.

In each of these counties, the clinics will offer the four-in-one quadrivalent flu vaccine, plus the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine for people ages 65 and older.

Marie Smith, immunization and child health coordinator for North Georgia Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) said, “Quadrivalent flu vaccine effectively protects against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.”

The Fluzone high-dose influenza vaccine has 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 65 and older whose immune systems have weakened with age.

The cost of the quadrivalent flu shot at the drive-by flu shot clinics is $25 and the Fluzone high-dose shot cost is $50. Cash, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield will be accepted, as well as some other forms of payment and insurance, depending on the county.

The drive-by flu clinics also 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 drive-by flu shot clinics are scheduled in each county, as follows:

Fannin County:
Thursday, Oct. 1
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Farmers Market (East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA)
Call (706) 632-3023 for more details

Whitfield County:
Tuesday, Oct. 6
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center (2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, GA)
Call (706) 226-2621 for more details

Murray County:
Tuesday, Oct. 13
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Murray County Parks and Recreation Department (651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA)
Call (706) 695-4585 for more details

Cherokee County
Wednesday, Oct. 14
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Woodstock Health Center (7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA)
Call (770) 928-0133 or (770) 345-7371 for more details

Gilmer County
Thursday, Oct. 15
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (115 Pleasant Grove Road, Ellijay, GA)
Call (706) 635-4363 for more details

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine each season. To learn more about influenza and flu protection, log onto CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu.       

For additional details, call your local county health department or log onto www.nghd.org

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