This year's vaccine is categorized as only moderately effective. Have you or will you get a flu shot? The flu season peaks in January and February.
Tuesday, January 15
Think getting a flu shot will provide complete protection against the flu? Think again. During a Jan. 11 press briefing, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this year's influenza vaccine has an overall effectiveness of 62 percent. "That means that if you got vaccinated, you were about 60 percent less likely to get the flu that required you to go to your doctor," Frieden said, according to a transcript of the briefing. "So what we have known for a long time is that the flu vaccine is far from perfect. But it's still by far the best tool we have to prevent the flu," he added. At 62 percent effectiveness, nearly four in 10 people who have been vaccinated will still get the flu if exposed to the …
Cases of the flu have spiked in Georgia and across the country, topping last year's moderate season. The season normally peaks in January and February.
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- John Ness
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in nearby Atlanta than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Cartersville-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Georgia, activity is considered intense, or high, now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Cartersville that offer the vaccine: CVS Pharmacy and Clinic Locations Rite Aid Locations Kroger Pharmacy Publix Pharmacy More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states—Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, …