Later this month, the hospital will begin efforts to immunize community members and hospital visitors - and just in time for flu season to pick up, if past years are any indication. The viruses in the flu shot are inactivated (i.e., killed) which means they can not cause infection.
It is not to early to get your flu shot for the winter season. The flu vaccine can reduce influenza illness, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine. "So, anyone ages 65 and over, pregnant women, very young children, or people with any chronic or underlying health conditions, it's really important that they receive a flu vaccine".
The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual a year ago, with activity picking up at the end of October.
Flood, high wind watches in effect ahead of late Sunday coastal storm
Sunday's winds could break tree branches and down weaker trees, particularly those in saturated soils after recent rains . Bombogenesis is a rapid deepening of pressures in a storm, which rapidly increases winds near the center of the storm.
Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in our state since flu season started at the beginning of the month.
Relatives of people in this high-risk group, as well as health workers, are also targeted. That includes fever, chills, body aches, coughing, and a runny nose.
Jalbert advised that the flu is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications and hospitalization for vulnerable people.
"No matter what other steps you take to fight germs, the best way to fight the flu is getting your annual flu shot", Macon-Bibb County Health Department Nurse Manager Beverlyn Ming said in the release.