More than 150 Cherokee County residents took advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves against influenza Tuesday at the Cherokee County Health Department’s Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Woodstock.
Of those who got the flu shot in anticipation of flu season, 53 received the high dose flu shot for people ages 65 and older.
Having the flu can lead to serious complications and death, according to the Cherokee Health Department.
The best protection against influenza is a flu shot, and the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday was a quick and convenient way to receive the vaccination, according to a release by the Health Department.
“We are happy with the turn out at the drive-by clinic,” said Nancy Stackhouse, Cherokee County Health Immunization Outreach Coordinator and Georgia’s 2012 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion. “That’s 152 people who are now better prepared to stay healthy this flu season.”
Denise Bowman, Cherokee County Health Department manager, is urging all residents to protect themselves by receiving their flu shot at either of the public health centers in Canton and Woodstock.
The centers are located at 1219 Univeter Road in Canton and at 7545 North Main Street in Woodstock.
The regular seasonal flu vaccine is $20 and the high dose flu shot is $50.
The health department is accepting cash, checks, Medicare, Medicaid, State Cigna and State Healthcare Insurances.
The drive-by clinic also served as an opportunity for the Cherokee County Health Department to coordinate with community partners in testing their ability to quickly administer medications to the masses in a widespread public health crisis such as pandemic influenza.
Participants said the event went very smoothly as vaccinations were administered within just a few minutes of drivers pulling into the clinic.
“The drive-by clinic was a success not only due to the professionalism of our clinical, clerical and environmental health staff, but also because of the invaluable help from our local EMA, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and law enforcement as well as our district public health colleagues,” according to Bowman in the release.
Additional support of the drive-by flu shot clinic was provided through inkind donations by local businesses, including Bojangles, Hardees, Kroger, and Publix and by Sanofi Pasteur Pharmaceuticals.
For more information about receiving a flu shot, contact the Cherokee County Health Department at (770) 928-0133 or (770) 345-7371, or log onto www.cdc.gov/flu.