Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is urging residents to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccination to reduce the chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others during this critical COVID-19 pandemic. This season a flu vaccine is more important than ever!
According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine is not only important because it protects yourself, your family and your community from flu, but a flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. To decrease the chance of getting the flu simultaneously with COVID-19, it is imperative that our community get vaccinated with the flu vaccine.
The CDPH Immunization Clinic is offering annual flu vaccines to everyone 6 months and older at the Acworth, Marietta, Douglasville and Smyrna Public Health Center locations. CDPH is also offering them for local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people.
“We want everyone to be properly protected from the flu, so we are encouraging community members to either call us to make an appointment or to walk in to one of our convenient health center locations. We’re also offering onsite vaccinations to any group in Cobb or Douglas county that has 20 or more people,” said Priti Kolhe, District Immunization Director, Cobb & Douglas Public Health.
Recommendations for Senior Patients
In addition to the flu vaccine, CDPH also recommends pneumonia shots for anyone over 65 years old, or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. Medicare pays for the flu and pneumonia vaccines. The shingles vaccine is also recommended for anyone over 50 years of age.
Reduce the Risk of Getting the Flu
In addition to receiving a flu vaccination, individuals can also reduce the risk of getting the flu by following a few simple steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children at home
- Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve
For more information about the flu vaccine or to schedule an appointment, call (770) 514-2300 or visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.