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Annual free flu clinic for Spalding residents

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, October 7, the Spalding County Health Department will hold their annual drive thru flu clinic for Spalding County residents 13 years and older while supplies last. Vaccine will be available on a first come first serve basis. All traffic will enter from Solomon St to Searcy Ave and then right onto Harlow Rd and come around the former Senior Center. For anyone needing a GPS address to find the entrance, please use 898 E. Solomon St. The Health Department’s entrance on Memorial Drive will be an exit only for safety.

This will be a flu clinic ONLY. COVID-19 vaccine will NOT be available during this time. The health department will be closed for all other services October 7 and 8.

You can print and bring with you the consent form or you can pick one up when you arrive.

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19.

Much of the U.S. population is at high risk from serious flu complications either because of their age or because they have a medical condition like asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart conditions, or because they are pregnant. People with a health condition should receive a flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Both COVID-19 and flu can result in complications, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (fluid in the lungs)
  • Sepsis (a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s extreme response to an infection)
  • Cardiac injury (for example, heart attacks and stroke)
  • Multiple-organ failure (respiratory failure, kidney failure, shock)
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions (involving the lungs, heart, or nervous system or diabetes)
  • Inflammation of the heart, brain, or muscle tissues
  • Secondary infections (bacterial or fungal infections that can occur in people who have already been infected with flu or COVID-19)

Differences:

Most people who get flu will recover on their own in a few days to two weeks, but some people will experience severe complications, requiring hospitalization. Some of these complications are listed above. Secondary bacterial infections are more common with influenza than with COVID-19.

Diarrhea is more common in young children with flu than in adults with flu.

Additional complications associated with COVID-19 can include:

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread, and they can affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.

For people who do not receive the flu vaccine, health officials encourage them to take the following steps to reduce their chances of getting the flu:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep household surfaces clean
  • Don’t attend work or school when ill
  • Don’t share glasses or eating utensils

Get answers to common flu questions here.