Prep for flu season; free flu shots in District 2

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From 3-7 p.m.,White County held a free flu shots and Hep. A shot drive through at the Cleveland Worship Center. With COVID-19 still on the radar, flu prep is more important than ever.

Since the flu and the coronavirus are so similar – both being contagious respiratory illness – but the main difference is each are caused by different viruses.

Cindy King, nurse manager for White County, said the drive through was to provide an opportunity for people in White County that do not have medical insurance. King said they have already distributed flu shots to White County Schools, city of Cleveland and government officials.

“This is a catch up for those individuals who may not have insurance and would not have had access to get to their provider,” King said.

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According to the CDC website, combatting an illness like the flu has became even more relevant, with the COVID-19 pandemic still not under control. Additionally, the CDC’s website to ensures that extra flu vaccinations be distributed.

For those 65 and older seeking a high-dose flu vaccine, CDC recommends going to the vaccine finder page.

With the flu being quite similar to COVID-19 symptoms, practicing the same precautions – social distancing, proper hand washing, etc. – is important to continue.

King said that taking on flu season early will be serving as “extra protection” in helping combat COVID-19. Other counties in District 2 – Habersham, Hall, Franklin, etc. – have upcoming dates to serve the public to free flu shots.

The public health website has further dates posted for each county.

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