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SAVANNAH, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- Flu season is in full swing. But this one is like no other. As we await a COVID-19 vaccine, there's another that's readily available in Savannah, thanks to a CDC flu prevention grant. On Sunday, December 13, the Chatham County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu shots to the public in downtown Savannah. While the coronavirus has yet to be conquered, it's time to fight the flu we know.

"Getting the flu vaccine is especially important this year since COVID-19 and the seasonal flu will circulate through the population at the same time," said Nichele Hoskins, Flu Education Campaign manager. "This compounds the risk among African Americans and other ethnic and racial groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19."

The walk-up clinic will be managed by the Chatham County Health Department and is made possible by Healthy Savannah, in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called REACH. That's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. The overall objective of the local grant is to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in Savannah's and Chatham County's low-wealth neighborhoods.

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The event is also supported by Center Parc Credit Union and Enmarket.

The event sponsors will hand out prizes to participants and free flu shots will be distributed to anyone six months and older from 10:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. at 510 West Gwinnett St., across from Conner's Temple Baptist Church. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Full press release can be viewed at: https://carriagetradepr.com/free-vaccines-offer-savannahians-a-way-to-fight-the-flu-we-know/

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