Georgia Department of Public Health urges people to get flu shots ahead of the holidays – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging Georgians to get vaccinated against the flu as the holiday season approaches, it announced in a statement.
According to a statement from the department, the flu is spreading earlier than we have seen in recent years. “The single most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “The holidays bring gatherings with family and friends and increase the likelihood of the flu spreading. Now is the time to get vaccinated.”
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, according to the department. The release mentions that with Thanksgiving and other holidays approaching, it’s critical to plan ahead and get vaccinated right away.
The flu vaccine is available at public health departments, doctor’s offices, convenience stores, neighborhood clinics, and pharmacies. To find a location near you, click on https://www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/. The flu shot can be given at the same time as the COVID-19 shot, so it’s a good time to get your up-to-date booster as well.
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Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, and fatigue. One of the most pronounced symptoms of the flu is a general feeling of pain and weakness that comes on quickly.
In addition to the early arrival of the flu, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, also affects a large number of Georgians, especially young children and older adults. RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes cold-like symptoms but can lead to pneumonia and pneumonia. It is especially serious in newborns because of the small airways in their lungs. Call your healthcare provider if you or your child have difficulty breathing, are not drinking enough fluids, or experience worsening symptoms. There is no vaccine for RSV.
The department lists the following precautions as ways to best avoid the flu:
• Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and warm water.
• Alcohol-based gels are the best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
•Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or hand to prevent the spread of flu.
•Avoid touching your face because flu germs can enter the body through the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
The department is reminding Georgians to stay home from work and school if they feel sick to avoid spreading the flu or RSV.
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