Posted on September 18th, 2012
Flu shots are now available at all Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department locations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
The regular flu shot is an option for people 6 months and older. The nasal spray is available for non-pregnant, healthy people ages 2 through 49. High-dose vaccines are specifically designed for people 65 years and older. Our immune systems become weaker with age, which places us at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. The high-dose vaccine has a higher amount of antigen than what is contained in regular flu shots.
Public health officials encourage everyone to get the shot. “When you get vaccinated, you protect yourself and those around you. You can pass the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick. Flu vaccinations are the best way to prevent the flu in our community,” says Linda Davis, RN, BSN, Director of Clinic Services.
Other than getting the vaccine, there are everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of the flu: wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and then throw it away; avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, since germs can pass this way and; avoid close contact with sick people. Most importantly, if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone to avoid spreading the flu to others.
The seasonal flu shot and nasal spray are $25; High-Dose flu vaccines are $50. For payment the Health Department accepts cash, debit cards, credit cards, Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BlueChoice and PPO). United Healthcare and Cigna are also accepted for state employees.
More information on the seasonal flu can be found on the following two websites: