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Bulloch County Health Department to give flu vaccines Thursday

The Bulloch County Health Department is dedicating Thursday to nothing but flu vaccines in the hopes of getting as many people vaccinated from the illness as possible.
    Health officials are urging everyone to get a flu shot, especially those  older than 65 and and others who fall into the "high risk category."
    "Last year when we had our flu shot day, we vaccinated more than 400 people," said Cindi Hart, Nurse Manager for the Bulloch County Health Department. "We're hoping for at least that many this year."
    She said they'll begin giving the shots at 8:30 a.m. and continue though 5:30 p.m.
    The shots are $20 each.
    "When you look at people who die from the flu, it's usually the older and younger population who fall into those high-risk categories," Hart said. "We think it's very important."
    In an average flu season, approximately 36,000 Americans die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized because of complications from the illness.
    According to the Center for Disease Control, the high-risk groups include all children between five and 50 months old, pregnant women, those more than 50 years old, residents of nursing homes and anyone older than six-months old with certain chronic medical conditions.
    Children between the ages of six months and eight-years-old receiving a flu shot for the first time will need to get a follow-up booster shot one month after the initial shot.
    For more information, contact the Bulloch County Health Department at (912) 764-3800.

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