Flu Alert: A Message from Health Services

Flu activity is widespread in most of the country including Georgia. High flu activity will most likely continue for several weeks. If you have not gotten a flu vaccination this season, it is recommended that you consider it. The Hall County Health Department, located at 1290 Athens St. in Gainesville still has flu vaccines available. For further information about Hall County Health Department and how to get a flu vaccine call 770-531-5600. Flu vaccinations may still be available from your primary care physician, local area drug stores or minute clinics. It is advised you contact them to confirm vaccination availability.

Flu-like symptoms include:

· Fever or feeling feverish/chills
· Cough
· Sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Headaches
· Fatigue
· Some people experience vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

If you display any of these symptoms and think you need to be tested, contact Brenau Health Services at 770-534-6135 or stop by the office located at The Center for Health and Well-being, 205 Boulevard in Gainesville. The best prevention other than the vaccine is good hand washing and covering of the mouth with tissue or shirt sleeve while coughing or sneezing.