The Chattooga County Health Department will be providing free H1N1 (swine flu) immunizations on Jan. 13-14.
On Jan. 13, health department personnel will be at the Summerville Recreation Department on Bolling Road (Ga. 100) from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Health department workers will be at the Trion Recreation Department from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
The health department will close at 4 p.m. each day to allow workers to conduct the special clinics.
All county residents are welcome. Both injectable and nasal spray immunizations will be offered. There is no charge for either method.
“Of course our goal is 100 percent immunization, but we really want to make sure young children and high risk groups are inoculated,” said Julie Pierce, office manager of the Chattooga County Health Department. “That’s what the CDC guidelines were set up to do at first, but now that the CDC has relaxed those guidelines we can treat anyone.”
Pierce said “people are still coming in every day” for the shots. Younger children and senior citizens are more commonly treated.
She said the health department has done about 1,300 inoculations. That’s out of a county population of more than 25,000.
“I’m not surprised by the response, but we would certainly like to do more,” said Pierce.