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Sunday November 29th, 2020 12:30AM

Gainesville state health office ramping up flu vaccine campaign

By AccessWDUN Staff

With the holidays upon us and flu season in full swing, state health officials in Gainesville are making a new case for getting a flu shot.

It comes as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which begins today.

District 2 Public Health Departments have both types of flu vaccines: the shot and the nasal spray, and urge residents to get immunized now against seasonal influenza. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, according to a news release from the Gainesville-based District 2 office.   The office's service area includes 13 northeast Georgia counties.

CDC recommends that all persons, six months of age and older, who can take the flu shot, do so.

Local health departments accept cash, credit and debit cards, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, Peach Care, Amerigroup, WellCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Coventry, and United Health Care (state health benefit plan). You should bring your insurance card with you when you get the vaccine. The cost for the flu shot is $25 for self-pay.

During last year’s flu season, CDC estimates 49 million people were infected by flu viruses which caused over 950,000 hospitalizations and an estimated 79,000 deaths. 

Persons in certain groups may have a higher risk for complications from influenza. These include: children younger than 5 years of age, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Additionally, persons with chronic illnesses, weakened immune systems, and children and adolescents (aged 6 months –18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy are at higher risk for complications.

Here is a list of District 2 health departments and their immunization clinic schedules:

Banks Health Dept.

667 Thompson Street

Homer, GA 30547

 

Appointment: Please call 706-677-2296.

 

Walk-in clinic: Every Friday from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (curbside service is available)

 

Late night clinic: first Thursday of each month open until 7:00pm (note: closes at 3:00pm the following Friday)

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-677-2296 or email Melissa Canup at Melissa.Canup@dph.ga.gov

 

Dawson Health Dept.

54 Hwy 53 East

Dawsonville, GA 30534

Appointment: Please call 706-265-2611

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-265-2611 or email Janelle Wilson at Janelle.Wilson@dph.ga.gov

 

Forsyth Health Dept.

428 Canton Hwy

Cumming, GA 30040

Appointment: Please call 770-781-6900.

 

Walk-in clinic: Mon. – Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 770-781-6900 or email Melissa Mercado at Melissa.Mercado@dph.ga.gov

 

Franklin Health Dept.

6955 GA 145 South

Carnesville, GA 30521

Appointment: Please call 706-384-5575.

 

Walk-in clinic: Mon. – Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (curbside service available)

 

Late night clinic: second Thursday of each month open until 7:00pm (note: closes at 3:00pm the following Friday)

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-384-5575 or email Misty Rice at Misty.Rice@dph.ga.gov

 

Habersham Health Dept.

185 Scoggins Drive

Democrest, GA 30535

Appointment: Please call 706-778-7156.

 

Walk-in clinic:

  • Mon., Wed. & Thu. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Tue. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am

(curbside service available)

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-778-7156 or email Lindsey Sentz at Lindsey.Sentz@dph.ga.gov

 

Hall Health Dept.

1290 Athens Street

Gainesville, GA 30507

Appointment: Please call 770-531-5600.

 

Walk-in clinic:

  • Mon., Wed., & Thu. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Tue. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 2:00pm

(curbside service available)

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 770-535-5886 or email Sophie Xie at Sophie.Xie@dph.ga.gov

 

Hart Health Dept.

64 Reynold Street

Hartwell, GA 30643

Appointment: Please call 706-376-5117.

 

Walk-in clinic: Tue. & Thu. From 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Late night clinic: first Tuesday of each month open until 7:00pm (note: closes at 3:00pm the following Friday)

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-376-5117 or email Carolyn Hicks at Carolyn.Hicks@dph.ga.gov

 

Lumpkin Health Dept.

60 Mechanicsville Road

Dahlonega, GA 30533

Appointment: Please call 706-867-2727.

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-867-2727 or email Linda Truelove at Linda.Truelove@dph.ga.gov

 

Rabun Health Dept.

184 South Main Street, Ste 200

Clayton, GA 30525

Appointment: Please call 706-212-0289.

 

Walk-in clinic:

  • Mon., Wed., & Thu. from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Tue. from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Fri. from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-212-0289 or email Sue Darnell at Sue.Darnell@dph.ga.gov

 

Stephens Health Dept.

64 Boulevard, Suite 102

Toccoa, GA 30577

 

Appointment: Please call 706-282-4507

 

Walk-in clinic: Mon. – Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-677-2296 or email Debbie Thomas at Debbie.Thomas@dph.ga.gov

 

Note: Immunizations are NOT available on the last working day of the month from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Towns Health Dept.

1104 Jack Dayton Circle

Young Harris, GA 30582

Appointment: Please call 706-896-2265.

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-896-2265 or email Laura Ide at Laura.Ide@dph.ga.gov

 

Union Health Dept.

67 Chase Drive

Blairsville, GA 30512

Appointment: Please call 706-745-6292.

 

Walk-in clinic:

  • Mon. & Wed. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-745-6292 or email Glenda McGill at Glenda.McGill@dph.ga.gov

 

Note: Immunizations are NOT available on the last working day of the month.

White Health Dept.

1331 Helen Hwy

Cleveland, GA 30528

Appointment: Please call 706-865-2191.

 

Walk-in clinic:

  • Mon. – Thu. from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Fri. from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 2:30pm

 

Businesses: To schedule an immunization clinic at your facility, call 706-865-2191 or email Stacy Pollard at Stacy.Pollard@dph.ga.gov

 

 

 

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