Northwest Georgia health departments now offering flu vaccine

Northwest Georgia health departments now offering flu vaccine

Rome, GA:  Health departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties are now offering flu vaccines, some on a walk-in basis, some on an appointment basis. Contact your local health department for more information.

  • Bartow:                call for appointment 770-382-1920, limited
  •                                walk-ins available
  • Catoosa:               call for appointment 706-406 2000
  • Chattooga:          walk-in
  • Dade:                    walk-in
  • Floyd:                   walk-in
  • Gordon:               call for appointment 706-624-1444, limited
  •                                walk-ins available
  • Haralson:           call for appointment 770-646-5541
  • Paulding:           walk-in
  • Polk:                    call for appointment 770-749-2270
  • Walker:               walk-in

Now is a good time for you and your loved ones to consider getting vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. Get your flu vaccine as soon as it is available each year. There’s plenty of it available in your community right now, including at your local county health department.

Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Flu season can start early, and it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the full antibody effect to develop and provide flu protection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated in August, September or early October, before the flu season really kicks in.

The flu shot will last through the flu season. It’s never too early to get a flu shot, as we cannot accurately predict when the influenza season will begin, but it can be too late. Flu season usually begins in October, but can begin as early as September and can last well into March. Peak flu season in Georgia usually occurs in late January and early February.

Who should get a flu vaccine? Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complication from influenza, including:

  • Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years,
  • adults 65 years of age and older,
  • pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum,
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and
  • people who have medical conditions including asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

It is especially important to get the flu vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from flu.

It’s also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy. There’s added value to the seasonal flu vaccine for pregnant women, too. Not only does it protect them against the flu, it also protects their newborn infants, for up to the first few months of life at least, at a time when infants are too young to receive the vaccine themselves.

For more information about seasonal influenza and flu vaccines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm and  https://dph.georgia.gov/seasonal-flu-influenza

 

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