Georgia one of six states hit hard by flu

Georgia one of six states hit hard by flu
Doris Beall
Doris Beall
Ed Dozier
Ed Dozier

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 'Tis the season for the flu,. And while many people have already taken a trip to their doctor or pharmacist there are still many others who have yet to check in.

"A lot of flu vaccines given out between the first of the season and thanksgiving," Pharmacist Ed Dozier of U-Save-It Pharmacy said. "Its kind of gotten slow since thanksgiving. I think there are a lot of unvaccinated people who probably need to come on in and get a flu shot."

Young children and older adults are the most vulnerable, health officials say it's especially important for them to make appointments.

That's why Doris Beall gets one every year.

"So far its been protecting me from having the flu anytime and for my age its wonderful," Beall said.

Georgia is one of a handful of states that has been hit hard by the flu. There have been a total of 7 deaths related to the virus since October 1st. Other states with reports of high flu activity include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.

Pharmacists say if you haven't gotten your shot yet, it's not too late.

"It's about 2 weeks for the vaccine to take its full effect but flu season runs through March, February and March, " Dozier continued. "So, you still have several months left, so the flu is probably going to get worse before it gets better."

Beall feels its worth getting vaccinated.

"I recommend it I know some people have side effects ts from it and don't want to deal won that but that's even less than the flu itself"

The CDC expects flu activity to increase in the next few weeks and say to act fast.

"I just think you need to take advantage of everything you can to prevent being sick."

A step toward a healthier you with one shot.

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