Coastal Health District encourages vaccines ahead of 2018 flu season

Coastal Health District encourages vaccines ahead of 2018 flu season

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's hard to believe that flu season is almost here, but it is.

Making sure your up to date on vaccines, especially with kids back in the classroom, is the message the Coastal Health District wants to get out.

Flu season runs from September to March, officially, but you'll soon start seeing vaccinations around at your drug store in just a few weeks.

Last year was particularly rough in Chatham County for the flu, so health department officials want to make sure people get out ahead of it this year with vaccinations.

Back to school time is also a busy one for clinics in Georgia, with the state requiring certain shots for kids heading back to the classroom.

While we've seen a number of cases of serious illnesses like measles popping up around the country, there haven't been any cases here locally, something local health district leaders attribute to parents getting their children those vaccinations.

"Well, we are really fortunate that we really haven't had any major outbreaks of any of these diseases because I think the majority of people are responsible and are getting immunizations. But it's still important for everyone to get the immunizations," Chatham County Nurse Manager Tammi Brown said.

Preventative measures like washing hands regularly, using hand sanitizer and sneezing into the crook of your arm, not your hand also go a long way to keep you healthy.

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