A flu shot clinic will be held at Banks County Middle School on Friday, Oct. 10.
A time for the clinic has not been announced. The North Health District says it is unknown when flu shots will be available after Oct. 10 in Banks County.
As always, public health workers expect the clinics to be busy, so allow plenty of time to receive service. Visitors are asked to be considerate and patient with others.
The cost for the vaccine is $25. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted at all health departments.
It is recommended that people in the following groups get the flu shot:
•all persons, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting influenza to others
•all children aged 6-59 months (i.e., 6 months to 4 years);
all persons older than 50;
•children and adolescents (aged 6 months to 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
•women who will be pregnant during the influenza season; adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
•adults and children who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV);
•adults and children who have any condition (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk for aspiration; and
•residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.
•persons who Live with or care for persons at high risk for influenza-related complications.