Flu season started in August, but the Georgia Department of Public Health said it's never too late to vaccinate against the virus.
Today, Sunday, Dec. 4, is the first day of the 2011 National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the department says an influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and potentially serious complications.
“People of every race, class and environment are equally susceptible to flu infection,” Steven Mitchell, immunization director for the Georgia Department of Public Health, said in a news release. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months and older receive a flu shot, and failure to get vaccinated accounts for countless needless infections each year.”
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, a recent survey by the CDC concluded that only one in five adults believes vaccines are optional for healthy adults. Take our poll below and let us know what you think about the flu vaccine.
For more information on immunization, visit http://health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization.