Flu season is among us

Flu cases have doubled in one weeks time. / Sean Streicher

There's no hiding it, flu season is here. The number of positive flu test in Southwest Georgia, has doubled from the last week in October to the first week in November

"With the amount of flu cases we have, we're dispensing a lot of flu medicine to treat the flu," said Walgreens' Pharmacist, Ashley Eschmann.

Health officials say the best way to escape the sometimes deadly virus, is by getting a flu vaccine.

The southwest Georgia public health districts, along with doctors, pharmacies, and even some super markets offer a variety of vaccines ranging from nasal mists, to a typical needle injection.

Eschmann say's, " we offer the regular flu shot, we offer a high dose flu shot which is for people that are 65 or older, we also offer the new intradermal flu shot which is a smaller needle, and we also offer a preservative free flu shot for pregnant patients."

In most cases the flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to create the immunity in your body.

Getting a flu shot is not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones.

"There may be young children or infants in your family who are not able to take the flu shot because they're too young, so if your protected then that's providing some level of protection to the infant," said Brenda Greene, the Southwest Georgia Public Health Deputy.

For those of you unfortunate enough to come down with the flu, health officials say to stay home from work or school until you've been fever free for 24 hours.
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