Still Time to Get Flu Shot, Officials Report

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that flu activity has increased in Georgia and many Southern states, health officials are reminding people that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

The Open Arms Clinic in Toccoa said it is offering free flu shots this Thursday, as well as Tuesday and Thursday next week between 2 and 5 p.m. at the clinic on Big A Road in Toccoa. These are available to anyone. For more information, call 706-491-8639.

Meanwhile, District Two Public Health reported that people can still get a flu shot at the Stephens County Health Department.

The cost for the flu shot at the Health Department is $25. Medicare, Medicaid, PeachCare, and State Health Benefits Plan are accepted. Officials said those getting a flu shot at the health department should bring their insurance card when coming to the health department for the flu shot.

The CDC recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.

Officials went on to say that while everyone should get the flu vaccine, it is especially important for certain people who are at more risk from flu-related complications to get immunized. These groups include pregnant women, children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age.