On Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., the Thomas County Health Department will dedicate its resources toward vaccinating the community against seasonal influenza.
“We will conduct a day-long in-house flu clinic,” said Thomas
County Health Department Health Director Carolyn Simmons. “Getting vaccinated is the most important way of preventing seasonal flu and potentially severe complications, including death. That’s why we are dedicating our nursing staff to providing flu shots and why we are encouraging the community to come out and take advantage of this
The National Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends seasonal flu vaccinations for individuals 6 months old and older. “The CDC is also encouraging everyone to go ahead and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Simmons said. “Research shows the protection will last throughout the flu season.”
Flu season typically arrives in Southwest Georgia in the fall and peaks in February.
The flu vaccine costs $25 per dose.
The Thomas County Health Department will bill Medicare, Medicaid,
PeachState, WellCare and AmeriGroup and state health benefit plans of
United Healthcare and Cigna.
This year’s flu formula protects against the Pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus (the seasonal vaccine always contains an H1N1 strain); an A-H3N2 strain; and a B-Brisbane strain.
For more information, please contact the county health department or go
online to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org.