Mayor Don Penland and wife Barbara get flu shots from Julie CulpepperChatsworth Mayor Don Penland and wife Barbara get flu shots from Julie Culpepper, RNChatsworth (GA) - Eighty people were added to the list of people protected against the flu today in Chatsworth as they drove by Murray County Health Department staff to receive their flu vaccinations. 

This was the second public health drive-by flu shot clinic held at the Murray County Recreation Center this year because the one conducted last month was forced indoors due to rain. Yet, despite those conditions, 135 residents still came for a flu shot.

"Now, with the 80 shots given today, a total of 215 residents have received flu vaccinations at our two drive-by flu shot clinics," said County Nurse Manager Debbie Chesnutt.

Chesnutt continues to urge residents to get a flu vaccination at the health department located at 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road in Chatsworth as soon as possible because the flu season has now begun. 

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. They accept cash, checks, Medicare, Medicaid, State Cigna and State Healthcare Insurances.

Today's flu shot clinic also served as an additional opportunity for the Murray 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.

For more information about receiving a flu shot, please contact the Murray County Health Department at (706) 695-4585, or log onto www.cdc.gov/flu.
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