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Tift Regional urges public to get a flu shot and help limit the spread of influenza

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Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) urges local residents to get a flu shot to help stay healthy during the influenza season, which officially began Oct. 2 and will run through May 27.

“Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu,” said William Guest, M.D., TRHS Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  “Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, visits to the doctor and absent days at work and school due to the flu.  It can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations.”

Dr. Guest said the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

“Public health officials warn this could be a bad flu season,” said Dr. Guest. 

In addition to a flu shot, Dr. Guest said there are other ways to help limit the spread of influenza.  Some basic rules-of-thumb include:

  • Avoid close contact – stay away from those who are sick and if you’re sick, stay away from everyone else.
  • Stay home when you are sick – you’re doing no one any favors by going to work or school with the flu.  Also, do not visit a family member or friend who is hospitalized.   Rest until you’re better.
  • Cover your mouth and nose – when you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and save everyone in the immediate vicinity from your germs.
  • Clean your hands – washing your hands often is always a good idea. If you are around anyone who is or has been sick, wash your hands even more frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits – get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. 

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“We appreciate the community’s help and cooperation in reducing the spread of flu,” said Dr. Guest.