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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 12:27pm

Georgia Offering Free Flu Shots to State Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out new guidelines today for doctors on when to use antiviral drugs against the flu.

And they're predicting this year’s flu season to be the worst in recent memory.

Meanwhile in Georgia, the state Department of Community Health is making a big push to get state employees vaccinated against the seasonal flu.

To help protect the state’s workforce, community health officials will go to ten state agencies in Metro Atlanta and offer free flu shots to those on either of the state’s two health insurance plans.

Everyone else pays $25.00.

Dr. Rhonda Meadows is the Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health. She says protecting against the seasonal flu could help prevent someone from getting both types of viruses.

"We know that the H1N1 virus is already here and has already spread. What we're trying to do is make sure is that, with the seasonal flu virus itself, that we do everything possible to try to aviod having both of them being transferred as much as possible at the same time."

For state employees living outside Metro Atlanta, Dr. Meadows recommends getting vaccinated through community health departments or individual providers.

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