Top NewsTift Regional urges public to get a flu shot and help limit the spread of influenza
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:
Additional information can also be found at www.cdc.gov/flu.
“We appreciate the community’s help and cooperation in reducing the spread of flu,” said Dr. Guest.