McIntosh County Flu Information
The McIntosh County Health Department has flu vaccine available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is only recommending injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) this season. The health department offers flu shots for $29 and high dose flu shots – made to better protect those 65 and older – for $50.
Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. Every flu season is different and we never know how bad a flu season is going to be or how long it’s going to last which is why it is so important to get the flu vaccine every year. Some things to know about the flu vaccine this year:
- The vaccine has been updated for the 2016-2017 flu season so it should be a better match for flu viruses.
- Only the flu shot is recommended this year because the nasal spray vaccine did not work well in past years.
- Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties will only offer the flu shot. Regular flu shots are available for $29 and high dose flu shots, made especially for people 65 years and older, are available for $50.
- No appointment is necessary to get a flu shot in your local health department.
- Download the Coastal Health District’s General Vaccine Consent form, fill it out, and take it with you to the health department to save some time when going to get your flu vaccine:
General Vaccine Consent Form.
General Flu Vaccine Consent Form (Spanish)
- Review vaccine information here:
Flu Vaccine Information Statement (English)
Flu Vaccine Information Statement (Spanish)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive a yearly flu vaccine.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease and people 65 years of age and older.
- It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond to the vaccine and provide the body protection.
- Children 6 months through 8 years old who getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of the vaccine.
- Flu symptoms can include coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and in some cases, high fever. Some people may have vomiting or diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
- Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it also protects people around you – like babies, older people, and people with chronic health conditions – who may be at risk from getting seriously ill from the flu.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby for several months after birth from flu.
- The flu vaccine might cause some mild side effects such as low grade fever, aches, or redness/swelling where the shot was given but it cannot cause the flu.
Everyday Actions to Prevent Flu
While getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, there are other things we can all do every day to prevent getting or spreading the flu viruses and other viruses.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Other Helpful Flu Information
How to clean and disinfect schools to slow the spread of flu: Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools
Flu Guide for Parents
For Pregnant Women:
Flu Shot Pregnancy Fact Sheet
More information on the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.