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DPH: Flu spreading quickly in Georgia, flu shots are encouraged
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Flu activity is widespread in Georgia, and the Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging Georgians to get their flu shots to help prevent catching or spreading it further. 

According to a press release by the DPH, flu activity this year is widespread across the state earlier than the organization has seen in recent years. Because of this, the DPH is encouraging everyone to consider getting the flu vaccine to help slow the spread. 

“Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine — not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications,” DPH Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said in the release. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body, so now is the time to get a flu shot.” 

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, the release said. These symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. 

Some people are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people who are 65 years and older, people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women and children under five years old. 

Flu vaccines are available across the state at public health departments, doctors’ offices, grocery stores, neighborhood clinics and pharmacies. To find the closest vaccine location, go to vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/

Other measures to help prevent catching and spreading the flu include frequent hand washing, coughing or sneezing into the room or your elbow or arm, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you are sick and staying away from others if you have symptoms. 

For more information about the flu and how to prevent it, go to dph.ga.gov/flu. To see Georgia’s weekly influenza reports, go to dph.georgia.gov/flu-activity-georgia

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