While the COVID-19 numbers seem to be improving throughout the state and here in Northwest Georgia, public health officials are still urging unvaccinated residents to get the COVID vaccine.  At the same time, they are also encouraging the seasonal flu vaccine.

“COVID-19 is still here, still sending Northwest Georgians to the hospital with severe illness and still causing deaths. As flu season begins, we all need to do what we can to be as healthy as possible,” said Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Northwest Health District. “It is critically important to get your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine, and you can get both at the same time. Flu can be a serious and sometimes deadly disease. Getting vaccinated can prevent you from getting ill and keep you from needing a hospital bed.”

The Chattooga County Health Department, 60 Farrar Drive, Summerville, is now offering flu shots on a walk-in basis. “You can get a flu shot by walking in at your health department any time during regular business hours Monday through Friday,” says health department nurse manager Judy Wesson. “We have thequadrivalent vaccine, which provides broader protection against circulating flu viruses, and if you haven’t already done so, you can also get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.”