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 Liberty County Health Department will offer free flu shots at a drive-through flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8th, at the James Brown Park located at 800 Tupelo Trail in Hinesville. No appointment is necessary.
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.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a flu shot this year,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, District Health Director for the Coastal Health District. “Getting the flu vaccine and good public health hygiene practices are the best tools we have to stop influenza.”
The same everyday preventive actions that are helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 are also recommended for preventing the flu: Stay home and away from others when you’re sick, cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wear a mask when out in public.
Flu vaccinations are also available at the health department by appointment during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday. Call 912-876-2173 to schedule an appointment.
To get more information on the flu or to download the vaccine consent form ahead of time, please visit gachd.org/flu.