Blue Ridge (GA)172 Fannin County residents were vaccinated today at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic held by the Fannin County Health Department at the Farmers Market in Blue Ridge. 75 of the shots administered were the high dose flu vaccine for adults ages 65 and older.

“That’s 172 folks who are now better prepared to face the flu season,” said Freda Williamson, county nurse manager, “And we urge all residents to protect themselves by
receiving a flu shot at the health department on
Ouida Street here in Blue Ridge.” 
Fannin - Cecil Patterson - FBCecil Patterson receives flu shot from Beth Thomas at Drive-by in Blue Ridge
Having the flu can lead to serious complications and death. The best protection against influenza is a flu shot.

The flu vaccine is $20 at the health department and the department accepts cash, checks, Medicare, Medicaid, State Cigna and State Healthcare Insurances.

Today's flu shot clinic also served as an opportunity for the Fannin County Health Department to test their ability to quickly administer medications in a widespread public health crisis such as pandemic influenza. Vaccinations were administered within just a few minutes of participants' arrival at the clinic.

“Our partners helped make this clinic a success,” Williamson said. Those partners were Fannin County Emergency Services and community volunteers, including members of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Local support was also provided by McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Papa’s Pizza and United Community Bank.

For more information about receiving a flu shot, please contact the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023, or log onto www.cdc.gov/flu.
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