Flu shots now available at Coweta health department

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com Flu season is nearly upon us, and the influenza vaccine is available at the Coweta County Health Department. The cost of the vaccine is $25 per shot.
Health Department Director Alice Jackson says flu shots will be administered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 770-254-7400. The health department is located in its new facilities at 70 Hospital Road in Newnan. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Jackson and school nursing director Sally Millians appeared before the Coweta County Board of Education this week and thanked them for their cooperation in allowing 12 schools to administer flu vaccine this year. Staff members as well as students will have the opportunity to be immunized through the program. "We will offer the FluMist vaccine at selected schools," said Millians. FluMist, an intranasal vaccine against the flu, will be offered as part of a pilot program. The mist introduces an attenuated live virus into the body, as opposed to the dead virus injected through traditional shots with needles. "These immunizations are completely voluntary," said Millians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends those six months and older to receive annual flu shots. However, special emphasis is placed on individuals at risk for complications from influenza. High-risk populations include those with chronic medical conditions, children under 5, and residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Seasonal flu activity can be seen as early as October, says the CDC. Those who should avoid the nasal mist version of the vaccine include: • People less than 2 years of age • People 50 years of age and over • People with a medical condition that places them at high risk for complications from influenza, including those with chronic heart or lung disease, such as asthma or reactive airways disease; people with medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney failure; or people with illnesses that weaken the immune system, or who take medications that can weaken the immune system. • Children under 5 years old with a history of recurrent wheezing • Children or adolescents receiving aspirin • People with a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine • Pregnant women • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs or who are allergic to any of the nasal spray vaccine components. "Again, this vaccination is not a requirement, but is completely voluntary," but it will offer a great opportunity for school staff members to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, said Millians. Dr. Steve Barker, Coweta school system superintendent, congratulated Jackson on running a "first-class operation" through the public health department. The school system "greatly appreciates the things you do to help us," Barker said. "We do work hard, because we know how important it is," said Jackson. The vaccinations are also being offered at a number of local pharmacies.


More Local

Coweta Commission

Fire department to provide limited EMS

The Coweta County Fire Department will officially take over Coweta’s emergency medical services on May 1, but starting this week, fire ... Read More


African choirs deliver gospel with energy, enthusiasm

“They sing from their hearts.” Joy Barnes was reflecting on children from an African choir who sang in Newnan a few years back. ... Read More


Man arrested for multi-year caster heist

Most people might not know what a caster is, but one Coweta County man spent the last two-and-a-half years stealing more than $200,000 worth ... Read More


School bus involved in 3-vehicle accident

A Coweta County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday, and while no students were injured, both drivers in the two o ... Read More


Child porn charges added to case

A man who was arrested last year for a child-related offense received more charges Wednesday after child pornographic content was found on h ... Read More

Carson makes presidential bid official

In 2010, Ben Carson spoke at a Coweta County church, but in 2017, he would like to be in a different pulpit – the bully pulpit of the ... Read More