Get your flu shot early

Published 7:50 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It is about to go viral. Judging by the outside of nearly all local pharmacies, the flu is here, and it is time to get your flu shots. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, there is influenza activity already reported in Georgia. Although it is not at a high level of concern yet, it will spread quickly.

Flu season typically starts in October and can last until May, so it is important to get vaccinated early. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection affects everyone differently. An annual seasonal vaccination is the best way to help protect against the flu. There are many benefits of being vaccinated, including reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related deaths.

The most common myth about the flu shot is that you can get the flu. That is not true, according to Dr. Joseph Deveau of Piedmont Healthcare. The flu shot uses a deadened form of the virus.

Although manufacturers project 162 million to 169 million doses of the flu vaccine to be produced, there are some reports of high-dose vaccine shortages across the country.

Don’t wait until you think you might be getting the flu, swing by your local pharmacy today get vaccinated. Your children, neighbors and co-workers will appreciate it more than you know.