Experts stress getting flu vaccine

ATLANTA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Community Health is reminding residents to get vaccinated for the flu so they're not sharing it with others.

The flu season typically begins in October and can last until May. Georgia normally experiences a spike in flu activity in January or February but has seen flu levels rise in the week ending Nov. 20, according to the community health department.

This year's seasonal flu vaccination protects against three influenza viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 strain, and is available at county health departments, pharmacies and clinics.

It's the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that everyone 6 months and older to receive a seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is especially recommended for those at high-risk of flu complications.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, high-risk groups include:

  • Children 6 months through 18 years of age
  • People 50 years and older
  • People with chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma
  • People living in nursing homes or long-term care homes
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Health care providers

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