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Seasonal flu vaccines still available to public in Cobb and Douglas counties
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Cobb County - Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff is encouraging the public to show loved ones they care by adding one more gift to their list — flu vaccines. CDPH continues to offer annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at all public health centers.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection against three different viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The cost is $20 and children without health insurance and children with Medicaid PeachCare are eligible for a sliding fee. Some insurance policies cover the entire cost, with no co-pay required. Appointments are not required. Health department staff also recommend pneumonia shots for people more than 65 years old or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system.

In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce risk of getting the flu by following a few steps:

-Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser

-Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth

-Stay home when feeling sick and keep sick children home

-Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items

-Cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing, then put used tissues in trash and wash hands.

If you are interested in having the flu vaccine administered at your business or community event for 20 or more people, call Lisa Shadrix at 770-514-2307. For details, visit cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org

 

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