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Flu hits peak, shot clinic planned

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Between January 31st and February sixth Georgia reported 16 hospitalizations and three fatalities from influenza, two of the deaths were young children.

February is traditionally peak flu season, and cases of H1N1 are still circulating in southwest Georgia. Health officials plan to hold another immunization clinic this weekend. They're urging those at high risk to get the vaccine along with children who may have only received their first dose. When more people in the community are vaccinated it lower the risk, of getting another wave.

"That's why I do think it's important to continue to have people to get vaccinated because that's how you get herd immunity, when you have sufficient numbers of your population that are immune to the illness," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

Saturday's clinic will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Dougherty County Health Department on South Slappey. There's no out of pocket expense for Saturday's clinic.

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