At least 13 hospitalized statewide so far as the 2019-20 flu season is under way. What to know.

At least 13 hospitalized statewide so far as the 2019-20 flu season is under way. What to know.

The second week of flu reports is out from the Georgia Department of Health this season and so far, 13 people have been hospitalized for the illness. Surprisingly, most of those are 18-49 age group. Three others were 50-64 and two were 65 and older. One patient was between newborn and 4, the latest data shows (week ending Oct. 12).

Health officials urge you to get a flu shot, this month is possible, before the holidays begin. There are plenty of options at grocery and pharmacies around the area, through your physician or through the health department. We repeat this information from Public Health:

The Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St. in Rome is 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. Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Flu season can start early and it takes about two weeks after your vaccination for the full antibody effect to develop and provide flu protection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated in September or early October before the flu season really kicks in.

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. and for staff training from 8 a.m. until noon the third Thursday of every month. 

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