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Health department plans drive-through flu vaccination clinics

It’s unknown what kind of impact COVID-19 will have on flu season and for that reason, getting vaccinated against the flu this year is more important than ever. To make it as convenient as possible for residents to get the flu vaccine, the Bryan County Health Department will hold two drive-through flu vaccination clinics.

 The first clinic will be held at the health department in Pembroke (430 Ledford Street) on Thursday, October 8th and the second clinic will be held at Henderson Park in Richmond Hill (500 Veterans Memorial Pkwy.) on Thursday, October 15th. Both will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.

Flu vaccinations are also available at the health department by appointment during regular operating hours. Call 912-653-4331 for an appointment in Pembroke, or 912-756-2611 for an appointment in Richmond Hill. Everyone entering the health department over age 2 will be screened for COVID-19 and must wear a face mask.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age. Vaccination is particularly important for those at high risk of complications from flu, including adults 65 and older, children younger than five, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body protection against the flu.

“It stands to reason that getting COVID-19 and the flu at or about the same time could be dangerous. High levels of COVID-19 and flu could also take a tremendous toll on our healthcare system,” said Health Director for the Coastal Health District, Lawton Davis, M.D. “Getting the flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu and that, in turn, helps protect all of us.”

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