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Department of Public Health urges Forsyth residents to get flu shot

Though it may seem like summer is still all around, it’s the time of year again when stuffy noses and sore throats can quickly turn into a fever and chills.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging residents statewide to immunize themselves against the influenza virus by getting their annual flu shot, for which clinics will soon pop up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccines protect against the three or four flu viruses researchers determine most common, which can vary from year to year.

Since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations in the United States have ranged 140,000 to 710,000 people, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000, the CDC says.

The CDC also recommends everyone aged six months or older be vaccinated, with a high dose vaccine recommended for those 65 and older.

Though the flu season typically lasts from October to May, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for a person’s body to build full immunity against the flu, which is why health officials will start offering clinics Sept. 1.

The clinics accept cash, credit and debit cards and are $25 with insurance.

The Forsyth County Health Department is located at 428 Canton Highway. Flu shot walk-ins begin Sept. 1 and will be offered Monday-Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Forsyth County Schools staff will have in-school access to the shots Sept. 1 to Sept. 22 with FCS students being offered in-school appointments Oct. 18.

Forms are available at school and online, and for more information on clinical services, call (770) 781-6900.