RCHD offering high-dose vaccines to those over 65

With Georgia now leading the way for widespread flu activity, the Rabun County Health Department is reminding those who are 65 years of age or older, that there is a high-dose flu vaccine available.

According to local health officials, January tends to be the peak of the flu season in Georgia. The CDC has already declared that this year alone is seeing 20 percent more flu illnesses than last year, which according to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, is considered a “flu epidemic.”

Although most flu illnesses run their course and are gone within two weeks, those who are 65 years and older need a little extra help fighting the sickness off.

Sue Darnell Office Manager at the Rabun County Health Department said she has just the fix for that.

High-dose flu vaccines are still available and it’s better late than never to make sure you’re armed and ready to endure the flu season.

If there is anyone who cannot make it to the health department due to limited mobility or other complications, individuals are welcome to call and request a “shut-in” where health officials will administer the flu shot in the comfort of your own home.

The Rabun County Health Department accepts 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). Please bring your insurance card with you. The cost for the flu shot is $25 for self-pay.