Flu vaccines now available at Columbus health department

Photo credit: Columbus Department of Public Health Google+
Photo credit: Columbus Department of Public Health Google+

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Flu vaccines are now available at the Columbus Department of Public Health and the other 15 counties of the West Central Health District.

"The Centers for Disease Control recommends individuals get their flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available. Our vaccine supply has now arrived in all of our county health departments, therefore, we encourage you to see our nurses, take advantage of our affordable flu vaccine and get vaccinated," says Dr. Beverley Townsend, District Health Director.

Dr. Townsend was proud to announce the health departments' new flu clinic outreach partnership with Walmart stores in Muscogee, Sumter and Crisp Counties. She states that Walmart has been very helpful in community outreach efforts by partnering with the health department and setting up health department flu vaccine clinics in their stores.

When coming to vaccinate, individuals should bring photo identification as well as their Insurance card or GA Medicaid, Medicare, or Medicare Supplement card with them.

Visit columbushealth.com for health department hours of operations, and more information.

The CDC Recommends the Following Person Receive the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Each Year:

*Children ages 6 months – 19 years
*Pregnant Women
*People 50 years of age and older
*People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
*People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
*Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
*Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
*Healthcare Workers
*Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu

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