Some Health Departments Offer Free Shots to Combat Flu Outbreak
The Georgia Department of Public Health says flu is still widespread across Georgia. Their latest report shows 671 people have been hospitalized and 25 people have died from influenza, and the number of people being treated for the flu at home is six times above average.
Coastal District public health director, Dr. Lawton Davis says that’s why they’re offering free flu shots next Friday.
“This year’s allotment is only good for this flu season," Davis said. "We can’t keep it for next year. We decided in order to do the most good with the available supplies that we would offer it free to encourage as many people as possible who’ve not yet been vaccinated to come in and get vaccinated.”
The Coastal District will hold Free Flu Shot Friday on Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties. Shots are available for anyone ages 3 and older, regardless of whether they're insured.
Starting tomorrow through Feb. 9, the South Health District is offering free flu shots for the uninsured and "fast track" shots for those with insurance, while supplies last. They're available at health departments in Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner counties.
Davis also advises sick people to stay home in order to prevent spreading the flu and says everyone should wash their hands several times a day.