Health: Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics offices in Cartersville and Adairsville holding flu-shot clinics. Health Department now offering flu vaccines as well.

Health: Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics offices in Cartersville and Adairsville holding flu-shot clinics. Health Department now offering flu vaccines as well.

Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville and Pediatrics Cartersville – both located at 150 Gentilly Blvd. – are giving patients easy ways to bolster their flu resistance. Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville is now offering walk-in flu vaccines for all current patients during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Cartersville Pediatrics will be holding flu-shot clinics on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon for current Harbin Clinic patients.

Patients of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics Adairsville located at 115 North Central Avenue can take advantage of two flu-shot clinics. The first is on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., and the second is on Wednesday, Oct. 10 also from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in the community. The average person requires about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body. Flu season typically runs from October through March. In Georgia, roughly five to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every season and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu-related complications. “We want to encourage our patients of all ages to come by our offices and get their flu shots,” Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Physician Dr. Jayson Fields says. “This is an important step in keeping both you and your family healthy and flu-free this flu season.”

The first step in protecting against the flu is getting a flu shot. Harbin Clinic recommends that individuals six months and older get a flu shot annually, because the flu virus strains change from year to year. The flu virus can be spread through coughs, sneezes and dirty hands. To help protect against the flu, Harbin Clinic physicians offer these five tips:
  • Get a flu shot to protect against this year’s flu virus strains
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough
  • Stay home from school or work if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
  • If you feel ill, ask for a facemask to help prevent germs from spreading
Harbin Clinic Cartersville cares completely about keeping your family healthy and flu-free. Call 470-490-7470 for information about Family Medicine Cartersville and 470-490-6670 for information about Pediatrics Cartersville. Call 470-601-5650 for information about Family Medicine and Pediatrics Adairsville.

Media release: The Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St., Rome, is now offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis. Public health experts say now is a good time for people to consider getting vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.

Flu season usually begins in October but can begin as early as September and last well into March. Peak flu season in Georgia usually occurs in late January and early February.

Who should get a flu vaccine? Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complication from influenza, including:

  • Children younger than five, but especially children younger than two years,
  • adults 65 years of age and older,
  • pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum,
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and
  • people who have medical conditions including asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

It is especially important to get the flu vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from flu.

It’s also recommended that pregnant women get a flu vaccine during any trimester of their pregnancy. There’s added value to the seasonal flu vaccine for pregnant women, too. Not only does it protect them against the flu, it also protects their newborn infants, for up to the first few months of life at least, at a time when infants are too young to receive the vaccine themselves.

Acceptable payment methods include cash, credit-or-debit card, all Medicaid plans, Medicare, Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.  Clients may call the health department at 706-295-6123 for pricing information.

Floyd County Health Department hours are Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please note that the health department is closed for lunch Monday – Thursday from noon until 1 p.m for staff training from 8 a.m. until noon the third Thursday of every month. 

For more: Phones: 706-295-6123 and the Environmental Health office at 706-295-6316, website and FacebookFor more information about seasonal influenza and flu vaccines:  CDC.gov/flu

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