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The holiday season is here. That means more time to spend with your children, family, and friends. However, as holiday cheer spreads, so can flu, with potentially serious complications. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to stay protected against flu.

Flu vaccines are available at health departments in the North Georgia Health District in CherokeeFanninGilmerMurrayPickens, and Whitfield counties, and there is no appointment needed during regular clinic hours. The vaccine is affordably priced, depending on a person's healthcare coverage.

Help kids fight flu.

Flu is more dangerous for children than the common cold. Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu, thousands of children are hospitalized, and some even die from flu. The good news is a flu vaccine can help protect your children against flu.

Children younger than 5 years old – especially those younger than 2 – and children of any age with certain chronic health conditions, like asthma and diabetes, are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Because these children are at higher risk, it is especially important that they get a seasonal flu vaccine to help prevent flu, and to reduce their risk of being hospitalized or dying from flu if they get sick.

Parents can help children fight flu with flu vaccines for the whole family each year.

Protect all your loved ones.

Getting vaccinated against flu also protects your other loved ones, like adults 65 years and older and people living with certain chronic conditions who are at increased risk of suffering from serious flu complications. These groups also face a higher risk of hospitalization if they get sick with flu.

A flu vaccine can protect everyone as communities gather to celebrate the holiday season.

Flu vaccines are safe and effective – and there’s still time to get vaccinated.

Every year, flu vaccines are updated to better match the four flu viruses that research indicates will circulate during the season.

While it is ideal to get a flu vaccine before flu starts spreading in your community, which is usually in October each year, getting vaccinated later is still beneficial anytime flu viruses are circulating. Getting vaccinated NOW can still provide protection against flu because flu activity is still elevated, and activity most commonly peaks in February, and significant flu activity can continue into May.

Go to your county county health department, doctor or local pharmacy to get your flu vaccine right away, encourage your loved ones to get their flu vaccine, and learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated against flu.

Everyone 6 months and older can still protect themselves and their loved ones from flu this flu season by getting their annual flu vaccine if they have not already. Currently, flu activity is elevated across the country, so this week will serve to remind people that there is still time to benefit from the first and most important action in preventing flu illness and potentially serious flu complications: Get a Flu Vaccine TODAY.
Learn more about how to protect against influenza from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at