Drive-by flu shot clinics offered in North Georgia

Health departments in in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties are offering drive-in flu shot clinics in which Georgians can receive their flu shot from the comfort of their own cars. The flu shots cost $15.

“Our success was partially due to our skillfully-trained public health staff and state-of-the-art mobile Mass Vaccination Stations purchased for the health departments through federal funding from the CDC,” said David Huskey, the director of emergency preparedness for the North Georgia Health District.

According to the CDC, roughly one-fifth of the U.S. population becomes infected with the flu virus each year, including an estimated 200,000 people who require hospitalization and approximately 36,000 who die from flu-related illness. Therefore, the North Georgia Health District will continue to remind the public that the best protection against influenza is an influenza shot.

Similar drive-through flu shot clinics have been tried in Effingham County and Macon-Bibb County and last month, Newton and Rockdale Counties gave 500 free flu shots during a two-day drive-through clinic.