Editorial: Drive-thru flu clinics are quick, convenient ways to protect yourself from the virus

A high fever. Muscle aches. A headache. Fatigue. Weakness. Nasal congestion. Chills. Sweating. A dry, persistent cough. A sore throat.

These symptoms are all signs of the dreaded flu.

To say that having the flu is brutal is a gross understatement. The virus can throw our daily routines out of whack, keeping us home in bed or our children out of school. In some cases, the flu can be deadly.

That's why it's important for us to get vaccinated to protect us from the flu.

Thankfully for us, the drive-thru flu shot clinics our local health departments sponsor are quick and easy ways to help you fight the flu bug.

The Whitfield County Health Department's annual drive-thru flu shot clinic is today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dalton Convention Center. The vaccine is no-cost with an acceptable health coverage plan. Otherwise, the cost is 4-in-1 Quadrivalent Flu Shots, $25; High Dose Flu Shots for people 65 and older, $65. Cash, checks, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Humana and United Healthcare Insurance are accepted. Call (706) 279-9600 for more information.

The Murray County Health Department's annual drive-thru flu shot clinic is Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Murray County Parks and Recreation Department. Call (706) 695-4585 for more information. The costs are the same as Whitfield County's drive-thru flu shot clinic.

Not only will you protect yourself against the flu, you'll help public health staff and other groups get in practice as a local Point of Dispensing operations for times of emergency.

For most people, an uncomplicated bout lasts for three to seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the lingering effects of fatigue and weakness can last for days after.

We hope you will take advantage of these drive-thru flu clinics. If you're unable to take part, we hope you are able to receive a flu shot -- at your doctor's office, a walk-in clinic, etc. -- before the flu season kicks into high gear.

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