(Cleveland)- Influenza season is right around the corner and the White County Health Department encourages residents to get vaccinated against influenza now. Flu shots for persons four (4) years of age and older are available at the health department as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Friday 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
The health department accepts cash, credit and debit cards, and these insurance plans: Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Coventry, Peach Care, Peach State, Amerigroup, Well Care and United Health Care (state health benefit plan).
Please bring your insurance card with you. The cost for the vaccine is $25.00.
Another important step in protecting against flu viruses is preventing the spread of germs. To help stop the spread of germs wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol- based hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are sick. Cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces in your home and work area can also limit the spread of germs.
If you experience flu symptoms – fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue – seek advice from your healthcare provider. If you have the flu, your healthcare provider may prescribe antiviral medicine which can make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.
For more information, call 706-865- 2191 or visit www.phdistrict2.org.