McIntosh County Flu Vaccination Information
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact your local health department to make an appointment for a flu shot.
- 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 Vaccine Consent Form SP
Review vaccine information here:
Flu Inactive (shot) Vaccine Information Statement
Flu Inactive Vaccine Information Statement (SP)
Flu Live (nasal spray) Vaccine Information Statement
Flu Live (nasal spray) Vaccine Information Statement (SP)
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.
School Flu Information
The McIntosh County Health Department will schedule voluntary flu vaccination clinics in the upcoming months. All enrolled students will be eligible to receive the flu vaccine in the form of a shot (injectable) or nasal spray.
If you would like for your student to be vaccinated at the school-based flu vaccination clinic then you should complete, sign, and return the Parental Consent Form to your child’s school as soon as possible. If this consent form is not filled out completely, signed, dated, and returned before the event date, your student will not be vaccinated at the school-based clinic.
All children are eligible to participate regardless of insurance status. We are asking for insurance information and a copy of your insurance card because we may be able to bill your insurance for a small administration fee to help support school-based flu clinics this year and in the future. If your insurance does not agree to pay the fee or you don’t have insurance you will not be billed by us or your insurance.
CHD School Based Flu Form 2020-21 ENG
CHD School Based Flu Form 2020-21 SP
Other Helpful Flu Information
How to clean and disinfect schools to slow the spread of flu
Flu Guide for Parents Flu Guide for Parents (SP)
More information on the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.