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NORTH GEORGIA – The highly anticipated Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics are making a comeback in North Georgia! Residents will once again have the opportunity to protect themselves against the flu with this safe, convenient, and protective option in October.

Conducted by county health departments in the North Georgia Health District, the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics are available for individuals aged 18 and older. Participants can remain safely in their vehicles while health department staff administer flu vaccinations.

The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics in North Georgia are scheduled in each county as follows:

Murray: Monday, October 2nd, 8 A.M. – 3 P.M., Murray County Parks and Recreation Department, 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705. For more details, call (706) 695-4585
Gilmer: Tuesday, October 3rd, 8 A.M. – 5 P.M., ETC Pavilion, 1041-1047 Legion Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. For more details, call (706) 635-4363
Cherokee: Thursday, October 5th, 8 A.M. – 2 P.M., Woodstock Health Center, 7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188. For more details, call (770) 928-0133 or (770) 345-7371
Whitfield: Thursday, October 5th, 8 A.M. – 2 P.M., Whitfield County Health Department, 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720. For more details, call (706) 279-9600
Pickens: Tuesday, October 10th, 8 A.M. – 2 P.M., Pickens County Recreation & Parks Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA 30143. For more details, call (706) 253-2821
Fannin: Thursday, October 12th, 8 A.M. – 3 P.M., The Farmers Market, 811 Summit Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. For more details, call (706) 632-3023 **The entry and exit for this year’s flu drive-thru will be off Summit Street. The entry will be the 1st gate and the exit will be the 2nd gate (closest to Sisson Log Homes).**

Since 2008, public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties have been providing residents aged 18 and older with the opportunity to receive flu vaccinations conveniently and safely from the comfort of their vehicles. With COVID-19 and its variants causing increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, it is crucial to protect against the flu and reduce the risk of contracting both illnesses at the same time.

The clinics will offer the four-in-one, or quadrivalent, flu vaccine to protect against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Additionally, the high-dose flu vaccine will be available for individuals aged sixty-five and older, containing four times the amount of protective antigen to support aging immune systems.

The flu vaccine is available at no cost for individuals covered under various health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, United Healthcare, and others. For those paying out-of-pocket, the cost is relatively low at $25 for the regular flu vaccine and $65 for the high-dose vaccine. Cash and other forms of payment will be accepted, depending on the county.

In addition to providing flu vaccinations, the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics serve as an opportunity for public health staff and community partners to test and update their plans for setting up temporary Points of Distribution (PODs) during public health crises. Community partners involved in the clinics include local law enforcement, volunteers, businesses, and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccination can significantly reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed work and school days, and flu-related hospitalizations. By getting vaccinated, individuals not only protect themselves but also help prevent the spread of the flu to vulnerable populations, including older adults, young children, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions.

The most effective way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination. The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics provide the most convenient option for North Georgians to receive their vaccinations.

For additional details about the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics, please contact your local county health department.

To learn more about influenza and flu protection, visit the CDC website at

 See the press release in PDF        **See & Share our districtwide Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic Flyer in English & Spanish!**