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.