Video: Dr. Voccio gives updates on the flu, COVID-19, and opioid overdoses in NW Georgia

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023–3:46 p.m.

-Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District-

Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, updates us on COVID-19 and influenza in Northwest Georgia.

Reminder: Everyone ages six months and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone 12 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 booster. COVID-19 vaccine is widely available throughout our Northwest Georgia communities, including at your local county health department. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at helping protect against COVID-19, especially severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

Also, flu season is still here. It is recommended that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting flu. Flu vaccine is readily available in our Northwest Georgia communities. All ten Northwest Georgia county health departments are offering flu vaccine, usually with no out-of-pocket expense.

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