Flu vaccines are here!
Posted September 15, 2016 by Taylor Esposito
Avoid catching the flu with one quick flu shot!
Flu vaccines are now available at all county health departments in Middle Georgia. Two variations of the vaccine are available: the traditional flu shot and a high dose flu vaccine that’s designed specifically for those over the age of 65. The Flu Mist is not being offered this year.
Most major insurances will be accepted by the health department and will completely cover the cost of your flu shot. Cost for the flu shot for those without insurance is $25.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older receive the flu vaccine, but particularly:
- People 50 years old or older
- School-aged children and children in daycare
- Adults and children with chronic health conditions
- Women who will be at any stage of pregnancy during flu season
- People who can spread the flu to those at high risk (i.e. caregivers)
- Healthcare workers
- Anyone who wants to prevent getting the flu
Health Departments will also offer a vaccine that covers certain types of pneumonia. This vaccine is recommended for all people 65 years or older and individuals under 65 years of age who smoke or who have a chronic illness. Contact the health department for pricing, as some individuals qualify for the vaccine at a reduced price.
The health department will also offer flu vaccines in the schools this year. A recent study done by the Georgia Department of Education showed that there is a direct correlation between the number of school absences and graduation rates. The more class days that are missed significantly reduces the graduation rate. Similarly, CRCT scores improve the more days a student is present in school. Local health officials recognize that flu vaccines can reduce the number of days missed from school, which will increase their academic performance.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact your local health department!