Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season came early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Atlanta than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. And while a slight decrease in new cases has occrred, the level is still considered intense, well above high, in metro Atlanta. (Alpharetta-Milton-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Georgia, activity is considered intense now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. Fulton County Health Services continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications. If you're…
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Did you get your flu shot yet?
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week a doctor asked me if I'd offer a testimonial for the flu shot. Well, Dr. Stu, consider this my testimonial. Now that I annually get a flut shot, no longer do I seem to get a horrible flu that morphs into bronchitis every year, prolonging my agony. More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting …