Submitted by the North Georgia Health District
The holiday season is here, and as long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, you want to make sure it’s not the flu you’re exchanging with loved ones and friends for the holidays.
It’s not too late to arm yourself against the flu, and a flu shot can help provide protection.
According to the latest CDC flu activity report, influenza levels are currently increasing across the country. And since flu activity doesn't usually peak until February in the United States can last as late as May, it is important for anyone who has not been vaccinated to get a shot now.
Flu vaccine is available at all county health departments in the North Georgia Health District, including Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. For office hours, call the health department nearest you (Murray at (706) 695-4585, Whitfield at (706) 279-9600) or log onto the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and click on the “Locations” tab.
In addition to protecting yourself against the flu by getting vaccinated, the Georgia Department of Public Health urges you to also wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid rubbing your eyes or nose with your hands, and cover your coughs and/or sneezes with a tissue or cough into your sleeve, not your hands.
If you do get the flu, get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids, reduce fever with a non-aspirin pain reliever and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to others.
For more flu information, visit http://health.state.ga.us/epi/flu/whatyouknow.asp.