Flu vaccine still available

Thu, 12/21/2006 - 4:05pm
By: The Citizen

The Fayette County Health Department still has flu vaccine in stock and is offering it to the general public on a walk-in basis for $20. Flu vaccine will be offered between the hours of 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

Interested persons should call the health department at 770-461-1178, ext. 5416 to confirm vaccine availability.

The health department will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday.

Pneumonia vaccine also is available at the health department by appointment.

Health officials suggest everyone should be vaccinated to reduce their risk of catching the flu, especially persons at highest risk of dangerous complications: anyone over the age of 50, young children under the age of five, and anyone with chronic health issues such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

Flu season does not typically peak in Georgia till January or February, so getting vaccinated in late November or December can still provide protection against the flu, health officials said. The vaccine typically takes about two weeks after receiving it to begin protecting against the flu virus. The flu shot contains inactivated virus, and therefore cannot make you sick.

Health officials encourage everyone to take the following steps to reduce their chances of getting the flu:

• Wash your hands regularly

• Keep household surfaces clean

• Don't attend work or school when ill

• Don't share glasses or eating utensils; and

• Cover coughs and sneezes

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