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Liberty, Long counties see spike in flu cases

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Folks in Liberty County and Long County seem to be falling ill with the flu more than any other counties in Georgia. The Liberty County Health Department said some people are experiencing flu-like symptoms, even though they got their flu shot.

LaTonya Turner, Liberty County Health Department nurse, received her flu vaccine at the end of November. Just weeks later, Turner said she felt sick.

"It was pretty bad," she said. "I mean, I had a fever, chills and body aches. I felt bad. I was tired. I just felt sick. Runny nose, coughing, sneezing, all of the above. I was out of work for a whole week."

But Annie Washington, Liberty County Health Department nurse manager, stressed it's still important for people to get the flu vaccine.

"Even though some did get the flu, it was not as severe as it could have been," she said. "The shot will provide protection. It's better to get the shot than to not get the shot.

Which is exactly why Anna Santiago brought her eight-month-old daughter Vinciana to the health department on Wednesday.

"I just want her to have it just in case because you never know," Santiago said. "I can't have my baby sick."

Washington said they have seen a spike in flu cases and people with flu like symptoms. The area hospital has as well. Washington said it could be a number of reasons, including changes in weather, holiday traveling and the large contingency of military personnel at Fort Stewart that come and go on post.

Washington said the best advice is if you feel bad, just stay home.

"When you're breathing and sneezing, it's easy for people to get infected and not know it," she explained. "What we tend to tell our people at work is please stay home because it protects you, it protects us, and it protects our clients as well."

The Liberty County Health Department says they have plenty of flu shots available.

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