More seasonal, H1N1 flu vaccine available -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

More seasonal, H1N1 flu vaccine available

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  More of you can now get a swine flu shot. The priority groups expanded after a large vaccine shipment arrived in southwest Georgia.

Sixteen-thousand doses of the H1N1 shot and nasal mist were delivered to the 14 county health departments in the Albany area. Those offices have the seasonal flu vaccine as well.

The state expanded the high priority groups to include firefighters, law enforcement, and dental office workers. Health officials encourage those in the high priority groups to get the shot soon.

"For those persons in those high risk groups they really need to come on in and get it if they want it before it opens up to the general population," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

South Georgia Walmarts will also hold H1N1 vaccine clinics Thursday in Moultrie, Friday in Albany, and Tuesday in Tifton from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Health officials say it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective. They encourage everyone to continue good hygiene practices especially through the holidays.

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