The Macon-Bibb County Health Department has announced that seasonal flu vaccinations are now available.
The health department is offering the traditional flu shot and Flu Mist, a nasal spray form of the vaccine. Flu Mist is approved for use in most healthy people, 2 through 49 years of age. Both versions of the vaccine cost $25.
Flu vaccines are available at no charge to those on Medicaid, Peachcare and Medicare Part B. A high-dose version of the flu shot is also available and is recommended for individuals 65 years of age and older. The high-dose version of the vaccine costs $55 for those who have no insurance.
The health department is offering the vaccine Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients should make appointments to get the vaccine; however, a special drive-through clinic will be available September 19-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The health department is also offering flu vaccines in schools during October. The agency is also accepting appointments for home visits. Those who can't get out, people who live in assisted living facilities and businesses should call (478) 749-0131 to schedule an appointment.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all age groups get the flu vaccine but particular those in the following groups:
- People 50 years old or older
- School-aged children
- Adults and children with chronic health conditions
- Women who are pregnant during flu season
- Healthcare workersAnyone who wants to prevent getting the flu
If you have any questions about flu vaccinations or any service provided by the health department, please call (478) 745-0411.