Chatham County Health Dept. offers flu vaccines

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The Chatham County Health Department is encouraging everyone six months and older to get their flu vaccine. They are offering both the injectable and the nasal spray. The injectable is approved for everyone six months and older and the nasal spray is approved for use in healthy people ages two to 49. The cost is $25.

The Chatham County Health Department reports that hundreds of thousands of people hospitalized from the flu every year and an average of 36,000 people die from it.

"Getting a seasonal flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself from getting and spreading the flu," said Chatham County Health Department Nurse Manager Cathy Schmid i na news release. "Last year we witnessed how unpredictable the flu can be and how quickly it can spread. Getting vaccinated is the best defense."

"The weather is changing flu season will be upon us soon and now this the time of year to get your flu shot," Dr. Diane Weems told WTOC. "This year the recommendation is that anyone over the age of six months get a flu shot unless they have a specific reason not to get the vaccine they should be vaccinated."

The 2010-2011 flu vaccine protects against three strains of the flu: influenza A H3N2 virus, influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Vaccinations are available at the Chatham County Health Department Monday through Friday. For more information call the Chatham County Health Department at 912.356.2441.

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