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Free H1N1 vaccines still available in area

The typical flu season runs from October through May, but that's not the case this year. Officials with the Georgia Department of Community Health met in Thomson recently for a follow-up on flu activities in the area. McDuffie County Health Department Director Kathy Linebarger said in a letter that the H1N1 influenza remains active in the State of Georgia.

Although they've administered approximately 1500 doses of flu vaccine this season, the local health department still has many vaccines left and they are available free of charge.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently reported that Georgia is still reporting regional activity," Ms. Linebarger said in her letter. "It is not too late to protect our citizens from H1N1."

As previously reported in The McDuffie Mirror, Ms. Linebarger said children between the ages of six months and nine years should receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

For the upcoming season, Ms. Linebarger said the two flu vaccines will be combined into one injection. A date of availability has not been determined yet.

The McDuffie County Health Department offers the flu vaccine to all ages on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to the patient for the vaccine. Medicaid or PeachCare will be billed for those eligible patients. For more information, call the health department at 706-595-1740.

Web posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010

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