Flu is on the rise in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Northwest Health District. The good news is that there is still time to get a flu shot, asserts Logan Boss, Public Information Officer. This is not just for your protection, it is for the protection of everyone that may be vulnerable to health complications due to the flu.
Cases of the flu have been widespread around the state this season, including in Northwest Georgia. There have been 22 flu-related deaths statewide so far, four were children. These numbers are expected to increase as the flu season wears on, indicates Boss.
A flu vaccine is the number one method of flu prevention. Other preventative measures include frequent hand-washing, covering your mouth whenever you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you are sick.
For more information about the flu and flu prevention, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu.