Health officials fighting flu blues

Low-cost vaccinations now available

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Health began offering low-cost flu vaccinations to residents this week, according to medical officials.

Health officials announced they have opened two flu clinics on Monday. One is an express flu clinic which serves people over the age of 55. It will remain open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m., until Oct. 31. The other clinic is a regular flu clinic which serves people of all ages. It will stay open during the same hours, until March 31, 2013.

Both clinics are at the Clayton County Board of Health building, located at 1117 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro.

Vaccinations cost $20 for adults and $14 for children. The Board of Health will accept cash, checks, debit cards and several credit cards including Mastercard, VISA and Discover. It also accepts Medicaid and Medicare Part B.

On its website, the Board of Health recommends the vaccine for children between six months and 5, people over 50, pregnant women, nursing home and long-term care facility residents, people with chronic illness, people who are HIV-positive, long-term aspirin therapy recipients and health care workers.

Residents interested in learning more about the vaccinations should call the Board of Health at 678-610-7199.

On the Web:

Clayton County Board of Health: http://www.claytoncountypublichealth.org/