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Health Department holding flu vaccine clinics

Posted: September 21, 2012 - 12:38pm

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The Columbia County Health Department started its annual Influenza Clinic Friday.

Clinics are scheduled at the main health department location at 1930 William Few Parkway in Grovetown, and other sites around the county through Oct. 26.

The flu vaccine, the flu mist and the high-dose flu vaccine for those 65 and older is offered.

The vaccine costs $25; the mist costs $35; and the high-dose vaccine costs $45. Proof of insurance is required for Medicaid, Medicare, Peachcare and United Healthcare SHBP. Cash and checks will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.ecphd.com or call (706) 868-3330.


Columbia County Health Department

Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Oct. 2, 3-7 p.m.

• Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Columbia County Government Center auditorium, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Augusta Preparatory Day School, Oct. 9, 2:30-6 p.m.

• Evans Middle School, Oct. 9, 3-6 p.m.

• North Harlem Elementary School, Oct. 10, 3-6 p.m.

• Grovetown City Hall, Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m.

• Greenbrier Elementary School, Oct. 16, 3-6 p.m.

• Lakeside Middle School, Oct. 18, 3-6 p.m.

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here's another viewpoint you may not have read

Giving young children flu shots appeared to have no impact on flu-related doctor visits or hospitalizations during two recent flu seasons, according to a study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.

The flu vaccine is no more effective for children than a placebo, according to a large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

No studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly.

A study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This is important because 35,000 of the 36,000 “flu” deaths the government claims happen each year are actually caused by diseases like pneumonia, and NOT the flu.

Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.