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Time to get your flu shot

Laura Love Laura Love
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia health officials are encouraging you to go out and get a flu shot now, as the first case of flu this season in south Georgia has been confirmed in Valdosta.

Friday, South Georgia Medical Center confirmed that a patient was being treated at SGMC for the flu.

Laura Love, SGMC Community Relations Director, said this should serve as a reminder that we are getting into that time of year when the flu becomes common and that flu spreads easily.

Love also reminds people that the flu vaccine takes a few weeks to kick in, so getting a shot now can help ensure that your vaccine is working by the time the peak of flu season arrives.

"Flu is a respiratory type of illness, which means it is spread through sneezes and coughs and those germs can live on surfaces for awhile," explained Love.

You can get a flu shot at your local health department and at many pharmacies or drug stores as well.

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