Monday, Oct 12, 2015
October has been deemed official Flu Awareness & Prevention Month in several Northwest Georgia counties, and the physicians and staff at Harbin Clinic urge everyone to become flu fighters this fall.
Flu season typically runs from October through March. In Georgia, five to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every season, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized annually from flu-related complications.
The first step in protecting against the flu is getting a yearly flu shot as soon as possible, preferably during October, the first month of flu season. Harbin Clinic recommends individuals six months and older get a new flu shot every year as the strains of flu virus are constantly changing.
The flu virus is spread through coughs, sneezes and dirty hands.
To further fight the flu, Harbin Clinic physicians recommend these good health practices
- Get a flu shot to prevent against this year’s strains of the flu virus
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
- Stay home if you begin exhibiting flu symptoms
By getting a flu shot and practicing these good, flu-fighting habits, patients can help halt the spread of the flu. Harbin patients should contact internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics to schedule their flu shot.