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December 23, 2013

The flu is still here - get vaccinated!

ATLANTA —

It's that time of year again. While many Georgians will be sharing gifts and warm wishes this holiday season, the Georgia Department of Community Health is reminding you to get vaccinated so you are not sharing the flu. 

 

"Georgians should continue to do their part to prevent the spread of the flu by getting vaccinated," said Dr. Anil Mangla, DCH's director of Infectious Diseases and Immunizations program and state epidemiologist. "Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your loved ones and your community from the flu."

 

The flu season typically begins in October and can last until May.  Georgia is currently experiencing moderate flu activity with no deaths.  People can decrease their chances of getting the flu by practicing basic flu safety tips such as washing your hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, staying at home when you are sick, coughing into the bend of your elbow and receiving a seasonal flu vaccination.

 

This year's seasonal flu vaccination protects against three influenza viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 strain, and is available at local county health departments, pharmacies and clinics.  This is the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  has issued a universal recommendation for everyone 6 months and older to receive a seasonal flu vaccination.  It is especially recommended for those at high-risk of flu complications to seek vaccination.  High-risk groups include:

 

• Children 6 months through 18 years of age
• People 50 years and older
• People with chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma
• People living in nursing homes or long-term care homes
• Women who are pregnant
• Health care providers
 
In addition to the flu shot, DCH recommends that Georgians keep their immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting an adequate amount of sleep daily, managing their stress and engaging in regular physical activity.

 

For additional information on immunizations, log onto www.georgiahealthinfo.gov.
 

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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