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Crowds line up for flu shots

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flu season is not yet upon us, but 14 county health departments in  Southwest Georgia were flooded with people Wednesday getting seasonal flu shots.

At the Dougherty County Health Department, more than 50 people received the influenza vaccine before 8 a.m. With influenza already widespread in Georgia, health officials are urging people, especially those at risk for complications from flu, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Geraldine Covey was one of the first in line to get her flu shot Wednesday morning. She said, "I prefer to get it earlier so if I do get the flu it won't be as bad."

"This morning we've seen quite a mixture of people. We've seen children, older adults, and middle aged people with chronic illnesses. It's very important that you get a flu shot as quickly as possible," Suzette Profit with the Dougherty County Health Department.

While the seasonal flu shot offers no protection against H1N1, it will help prevent co-infections.

The H1N1 vaccine will not be available until October.

The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $20.00 and it will be offered during regular business hours.

To make an appointment, or for more information, you can contact your local county health department or the Southwest Health District at (229) 430-4127.

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