Fulton County Health Services Encourages Residents to Get Vaccinated | Health
In observance of National Immunization and Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 5 – 9, 2011, Fulton County Health Services will sponsor flu vaccination drives throughout the county to vaccinate residents, especially pregnant women, against the seasonal flu virus. There is a $25 fee for the seasonal flu vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important for pregnant women to get a flu shot. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both a mother and her baby (up until 6 months of age when the child can be vaccinated) from flu.
Flu vaccine safety studies have also shown that flu vaccination does not cause miscarriage during pregnancy and it can be given during any trimester. Millions of pregnant women have safely received the flu shot over the years, and more pregnant women are getting vaccinated against flu than ever before.
Vaccines will be available from Fulton County Health Services from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:
- North Fulton Regional Health Center, 3155 Royal Drive, Suite 125, Alpharetta
- North Fulton Government Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
- The Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 265 Boulevard, N.E., Atlanta
- Lakewood Health Center, 1853 Jonesboro Rd., S.E., Atlanta
- Adamsville Health Center, 3699 Bakers Ferry Rd., S.W, Atlanta
- Center Hill Health Center, 3201 Atlanta Industrial Pkwy., N.W., Atlanta
- Neighborhood Union Health Center, 186 Sunset Ave., N.W., Atlanta
- College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John Wesley Ave., College Park
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following flu prevention tips:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after it is used.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol‐based hand cleaner.
- If you or your family members have flu‐like symptoms, stay home from work or school. Symptoms of the flu may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
- Diabetes, asthma, heart disease are among the most common long‐term health conditions that place people at high risk for serious flu complications. People with a long‐term health condition, be sure to get the flu vaccine.
For more information about the flu vaccine or other vaccines offered by the Department of Health and Wellness log-on to www.fultoncountygahealth.org.