The Bulloch County Health Department will hold a flu vaccine clinic on Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Health department officials urged residents to come during the clinic hours to get vaccinated because extra staff will be on hand and the wait should be minimal. Flu vaccines cost $25.
In general, it is recommended that anyone older than 6 months should get vaccinated. Because it can take two weeks to develop full immunity after receiving the flu vaccine, public health officials urge residents to get vaccinated now.
Children 6 months to 8 years old receiving the flu vaccine for the first time will need a follow-up booster one month after receiving the first flu vaccine.
Also, this year's flu vaccine protects against the H1N1 virus from last year, health officials said.
"Every year, flu vaccine is produced that will protect against the most common influenza viruses circulating," said Roger Naylor, Southeast Health District public information officer. "This year is no different. That is why H1N1 is included."
Flu vaccine also is available during regular hours at the health department. For more information about the flu vaccine or any other service offered by the health department, call 764-3800.