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Worth Co. combines flu shots with disaster education

Patient receiving her flu shot Patient receiving her flu shot
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Worth County presents an innovation as its local health department and community partners work together to offer a drive-through flu shot clinic and a full-scale exercise, preparing for a future pandemic that requires the mass dispensing of medications.

The drive-through clinic is underway until 1:00 p.m. at the Worth County Agricultural Pavilion, located at the corner of Highway 313 and Rebecca Drive, next to the Worth County Public Works Office.

"A lot of thought and planning has been put into this clinic to help make it run smoothly. Our county has proven over the years that mass dispensing can be handled on a self-sufficient basis," said  Nurse Manager Gina Connell. "During a real disaster, it could come to that. So other counties have expressed interest in how we pull this off."

Only influenza shots are provided during the drive-through clinic. They are $25 per person. The health department accepts cash, checks, Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield (PPO, FEB, HMO, POS and Open Access) and Aetna (PPO, HMO, POS and Open Access).

Earlier this year, Worth County's emergency manager gave an overview of their drive-through flu clinic/disaster exercise at a convention in Savannah before emergency preparedness officials from across the southeastern United States.

"We have excellent community support," Connell said. "County residents know it just takes a matter of minutes to drive in, get the shot and roll out."

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against seasonal influenza each year. For more information about the drive-through clinic, call 229-777-2150.


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