Fight the Flu This Season

With flu season fast approaching, Harbin Clinic encourages everyone to get a flu shot to help ward off the dreaded virus.

The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in the community. After someone gets the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

Flu season typically runs from October through March. In Georgia, roughly five to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every season and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu-related complications.

“We want to encourage our patients of all ages to come by our offices and get their flu shots,” Harbin Clinic Family Medicine physician Dr. Jayson Fields says. “This is an important step in keeping both you and your family healthy and flu-free this flu season.”

Arm Yourself Against the Flu

The first step in protecting against the flu is getting a flu shot. Harbin Clinic recommends that individuals six months and older get a flu shot annually, because the flu virus strains change from year to year. All Harbin Clinic patients can get the vaccine from their primary care physcian.

The flu virus can be spread through coughs, sneezes and dirty hands.

Five ways to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

  1. Get a flu shot to protect against this year’s flu virus strains
  2. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap
  3. Use a tissue to cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough
  4. Stay home from school or work if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
  5. If you feel ill, wear a facemask to help prevent germs from spreading