South Central Health District of Georgia

The South Central Health District

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Preventing Flu in Georgia

The flu season in Georgia begins in early October and can run as late in the year as May.  The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends these practical steps to stay influenza-free during the fall and winter.

  • Get the flu vaccine. Everyone six months-old and over should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

The single most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine.  DPH urges Georgians to get vaccinated against flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, so it’s important to take preventive measures now.

If you do get sick and think you may have the flu, contact your health care provider right away. There are medications that can be used to treat flu but they are most effective when taken within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms.

For more information on preventing the flu, visit dph.georgia.gov/seasonal-flu-influenza.

You can also track flu activity in Georgia at dph.georgia.gov/flu-activity-georgia.