CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Coastal Health District officials are urging residents in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties to get vaccinated against the flu.
The flu season typically begins in October and can last until May and flu activity typically spikes in January or February, according to the Georgia Dept. of Community Health.
The flu vaccine is available in both the shot and nasal spray form at all Coastal Health District health departments and costs $25. The shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. The nasal spray is approved for use in healthy people ages 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
A higher dose flu vaccine is also available for those 65 and older. This contains four times the amount of antigen, which is the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information about the flu vaccine go to www.gachd.org or www.cdc.gov.