Getting vaccinated against the flu this year is more important than ever. To make it as convenient as possible for residents to get the flu vaccine, the Long County Health Department will offer free flu shots at a drive-through flu vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4th. The flu clinic will take place at the health department located at 584 N. Macon Street in Ludowici. No appointment is necessary.
Flu vaccinations are also available at the health department by appointment during regular operating hours. Call 912-545-2107 to schedule an appointment. Everyone entering the health department over age 2 will be screened for COVID-19 and must wear a face mask.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age. Vaccination is particularly important for those at high risk of complications from flu, including adults 65 and older, children younger than five, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body protection against the flu.
“Getting the flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu and that, in turn, helps protect all of us,” said Health Director for the Coastal Health District, Lawton Davis, M.D. Everyday preventive actions to prevent flu spread are also recommended, like staying home if you’re sick, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, washing hands frequently, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
To get more information on the flu or to download the vaccine consent form ahead of time, please visit gachd.org/flu.