Flu and pneumonia vaccines are now available through the Gwinnett County Health Department. The flu shots are available at their centers in Lawrenceville, Buford and Norcross. Vaccinations are also available at locations in Newton and Rockdale counties.
The Health Department is offering both the nasal and injectable forms of the flu vaccine to everyone 6 months or older for $25. Residents can pay with cash or credit card (except American Express). Medicaid, Medicare Part B and some private insurance providers will be billed by the Health Department.
They're also recommending pneumonia shots for people over the age of 65 or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. The Health Department says this shot will help protect them against pneumonia, which is a serious complication of the flu.
No appointments are necessary for either vaccination.
Additionally, the Health Department is offering these tips to reduce your risk of getting the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home.
- Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put used tissues in a waste container and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
For more information and a list of participating centers, visit www.gnrhealth.com.