FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2020
Katie Hadden/Rebecca Reis
Southeast Health District Begins Influenza Vaccination Services
Vaccines Available at Local Health Departments at an Affordable Cost
WAYCROSS, GA – As we are coming into the fall months, seasonal illnesses will become more apparent. The seasonal flu (influenza) typically occurs in the fall and winter. However, most flu activity peaks between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends receiving a flu vaccine yearly as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
This year, the need for receiving a flu vaccination is even more important. With COVID-19 being widespread in communities across Georgia, preventive measures are extremely important in maintaining a healthy immune system that is prepared to fight off any respiratory illnesses that may be occurring. While receiving the flu vaccine will not prevent possible infection by COVID-19, it can assist in reducing the possible infection of both viruses simultaneously.
Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Individuals at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and those aged 50 and older.
The flu vaccine is now available at all health departments in the Southeast Health District. Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 or those currently under quarantine or isolation will be unable to receive their vaccination until resolution of symptoms or completion of isolation or quarantine. If you would like to receive this service, please call 1-855-473-4374 and an appointment will be scheduled.