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Health departments offer free flu shots

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(MGN)

Health departments in several counties will be offering free flu shots on Feb. 9.

Shots are reserved for those ages 3 and up who do not have insurance. They will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

The counties that will be offering the shots are as follows:

  • Bryan
  • Camden
  • Chatham
  • Effingham
  • Glynn
  • Liberty
  • McIntosh

Flu has become widespread throughout Georgia with more than 300 people hospitalized with flu-related illnesses across the state. As of last Friday, there have been 51 confirmed flu deaths, including one pediatric case.

Tammi Brown is the Chatham County Nurse Manager at the Health Department.

"Within our eight county district, we have had 11 flu-associated deaths in Chatham County. We have eight in Glynn County and one in Effingham County," said Brown.

According to the CDC, flu season normally peaks between December and Februrary, but can actually last into spring.

“This has been an extremely rough flu season and the entire country has been hit hard,” said Health Director for the Coastal Health District, Lawton Davis, M.D. “It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu and we want to encourage those who have not been vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Shots will be available at the following locations:

Bryan County Health Department
430 Ledford Street
Pembroke, GA 31321

66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Camden County Health Department
1501 Georgia Avenue
Woodbine, GA 31569

905 Dilworth Street
St. Marys, GA 31558

Chatham County Health Department
1395 Eisenhower Drive
Savannah, GA 31406

1602 Drayton Street
Savannah, GA 31416

Effingham County Health Department
802 Hwy. 119 South
Springfield, GA 31329

Glynn County Health Department
2747 Fourth Street
Brunswick, GA 31520

Liberty County Health Department
1113 East Oglethorpe Highway
Hinesville, GA 31313

McIntosh County Health Department
1335 GA Hwy. 57
Townsend, GA 31331