Medicine

Coastal Health District offers free flu shots for uninsured

Coastal Health District offers free flu shots for uninsured

According to the Department of Health, there have been 24 deaths related to the flu this season.

Flu Shots are now available at NO COST to residents at public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.

"People don't understand what a killer flu really is and tend to be lackadaisical about getting vaccinated".

The flu season has been a particularly bad one and is shaping up to have a record number of hospitalizations nationally.




Public health officials are warning the public take measures to prevent the flu and get the flu shot.

"This has been an extremely rough flu season and the entire country has been hit hard", said Health Director for the Coastal Health District, Lawton Davis, M.D. Symptoms of the flu can range from a runny nose, cough, sore throat, body aches, fever, fatigue and in some cases vomiting as well as diarrhea.

Since the flu is highly contagious, the CDC recommends that people with symptoms stay home from work, school, running errands and visiting friends or relatives.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This strain is usually associated with more severe illness in young children and adults over the age of 65. Germs spread this way.


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