Power through the busy holiday season in good health. National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 3-9, 2017, and Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) urges all residents – 6 months of age and older – who are medically able to get a yearly flu vaccine.

“Flu season can begin as early as August and last all the way through May, so we recommend residents get their vaccine as early as possible,” said Priti Kohle, director of immunizations at Cobb & Douglas Public Health. “We offer flu shots at our Marietta, Douglas, East Cobb and Acworth public health centers and there’s no appointment needed. It’s a minor commitment to staying healthy through the holidays and all year long.”

Influenza can be a serious disease that leads to hospitalization and sometimes death. Regardless of race, age, gender or ethnicity, anyone can get sick from the flu. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions. Preventative actions such as simply washing your hands and covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing can guard against the flu.

National Influenza Vaccination Week emphasizes the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccination. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu. So this winter, CDPH encourages all residents to get immunized.

For more information, please visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org or call 770-514-2300. To learn more about immunization, visit http://dph.georgia.gov/influenza-what-you-need-know.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community. since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.