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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Southwest Public Health District's 14 county health departments are now offering seasonal influenza vaccinations, for $25, starting today.

The health departments accept Medicaid, Medicare and many common insurance carriers as well as cash. 10 of the district's 14 counties are offering school-based seasonal flu vaccination clinics.

Parents have received information about this opportunity to get flu protection for their children. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older as the first and best way to protect against influenza.

Flu symptoms usually include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, a dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Stomach symptoms are also common, especially in children.

Besides getting the flu vaccine, there are other actions that protect against the flu:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based rub if soap and water aren't available.
  • People who are sick with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

For more information about the seasonal flu vaccine, contact your local health department or go to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org or www.cdc.gov.   

 

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