H1N1 or “swine flu” vaccination shots are now available for free for citizens of all ages at the Madison County Health Department. Seasonal flu shots are also available for $25 at the department. No appointments are necessary to receive the shot.

Officials at the health department say there is a supply of approximately 200 seasonal flu shots. There is no specific figure available for H1N1 shots, but officials report a “good supply.”

Health officials in Georgia have eased the restrictions on those who can get the H1N1 (“swine flu”) vaccine.

The Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health is now offering the vaccine to everyone age six months and older.

The supply of the vaccine has begun to stabilize, in comparison to demand among the priority groups.

Public health officials will continue to target high-risk patients, including pregnant women; children and young adults from six months to 24 years of age; people ages 25 to 64 years with chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and type of chronic respiratory conditions, heart disease and immunosuppressive disorders; people who live with or care for children six months of age or younger; and healthcare and emergency medical services personnel with patient contact.

For more information, call the health department at 706-795-2131.

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