Top NewsTift Regional urges you to get a flu vaccine
Flu season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your annual flu vaccine. Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) urges you to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your family before the end of October, if possible.
Influenza, also known as flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Every flu season is different, and flu viruses can affect people differently. It’s important to remember that even healthy people can get the flu, and spread it to others who are more vulnerable to serious flu or flu-related illness. Those with health problems, adults 65 years and older, and young children, for example, are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from flu.
Every year in the United States millions of people become sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from the flu. A typical flu season in the U.S. can begin as early as October and can last as late as May.
Flu vaccination is the first (and best) way to protect against flu each year. September 28, 2017, marks the annual kickoff of the flu awareness campaign led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), and many other partners working together to protect people from flu. The campaign emphasizes the importance of annual vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older, and raises awareness about the potential dangers of flu.
#FightFlu this season by getting yourself and your loved ones vaccinated today!