CLINICS

ADAMSVILLE REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
ADDRESS:
     3700 Martin Luther King Drive, S.W.
     Atlanta, Georgia 30331

COLLEGE PARK (WILLIE J FREEMAN) REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
ADDRESS:
     1920 John Wesley Avenue
     College Park, Georgia 30337

NEIGHBORHOOD UNION HEALTH CENTER
ADDRESS:
     186 Sunset Avenue
     Atlanta, Georgia 30314

NORTH FULTON REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER 
ADDRESS:
     3155 Royal Drive
     Alpharetta, Georgia 30022




INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINATIONS (SHOTS)

WHAT IS FLU?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death, especially for older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions.

Influenza types A and B are two main types of influenza (flu) virus. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

The flu spreads from person to person through air droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can spread up to 6 feet and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby, possibly being inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.

The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

WHERE CAN I GET A FLU SHOT?

Visit a Health Center:

Flu shots are available at the following health centers Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a flu shot appointment, click the phone number of the location convenient to you.


Our health centers accept clients of all ages for flu shots, including children 18 years old and younger. Flu shots are available at low or no cost with most private insurance.


Visit one of our health centers to get your flu shot if:                                              

  • You plan on using your insurance to cover the cost.
  • You and your children under 18 years old need flu shots.


You will need to visit the health center for a nurse consultation if:

  • You have had serious reactions to the flu vaccine in the past.
  • You have had a seizure, brain, or other nervous system problem.
  • You are allergic to any flu shot components (ie: eggs).

 
WHAT ARE FLU SYMPTOMS?

People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms. These signs and symptoms may appear suddenly.

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FLU AND COVID-19?

Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by the influenza virus, and COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus.

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms.

If you currently have flu-like symptoms, the only way to know the difference between the flu and COVID-19 is to test for COVID-19 before you receive a flu shot. (Source)

WILL A FLU SHOT PROTECT ME AGAINST COVID-19?

While getting a flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  • Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Getting a flu shot can also save healthcare resources for the care of clients with COVID-19.

(Source)

 

 

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