Convenient flu shots offered at North Georgia's drive-thru clinics

September 28, 2018

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination, but the most convenient way to get that vaccination in North Georgia is at the nearest public health “Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic” in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. The clinics make it possible for residents to roll in, roll up a sleeve and receive a flu vaccination safely, quickly and efficiently while remaining in their vehicles. 

Paul Marrow of Dalton got a fllu shot on October 2 which was a great way to celebrate his birthday.  Monica Calhoun, LPN, of the Whitfield County Health Department administered Marrow's flu shot during the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic at the Dalton Convention Center. 

The North Georgia Health District's drive-thru flu efforts have reached over 1,000 residents in Dalton, Cherokee, Pickens and Fannin this flu season. Residents in Gilmer and Murray counties can call the local health departments for the drive-thru flu shot clinics. 

The drive-thru flu shot clinics serve people ages 18 and over. The types of flu vaccine offered at the clinics are the four-in-one quadrivalent flu vaccine and the Fluzone High Dose vaccine for people ages 65 and over. Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects people against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The Fluzone High-Dose flu vaccine for those 65 and older has four times the amount of protective antigenfor immune systems that tend to weaken with age.

The cost of the quadrivalent flu shot is $25 and the Fluzone High-Dose flu shot is $65. Cash, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield Health and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted, along with other forms of payment and insurance, depending on the county.  

While arming residents against the flu at the clinics, public health staff members and community partners test their plans for standing up a temporary point of dispensing to rapidly administer medication during a public health crisis. 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.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed days from work and school. It can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations. As people get vaccinated, they are not only protecting themselves, but they are also helping to prevent the spread of the flu to others, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

For locations and dates for the drive-thru flu shot clinics, call the local county health department or log on here to the North Georgia Health District website. To learn more about influenza and flu protection, log onto the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu/.

 

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