Denise Bowman, county nurse manager for the North Georgia Health District, said at least some in Cherokee County seem to be getting the point, with an increase in residents seeking out their flu shots in recent weeks.
“As far as walking in without an appointment, we’ve seen an increase,” Bowman said Thursday, adding residents seem to be spurred on to take the step by watching their family, friends and neighbors battling symptoms.
Even with the recent uptick in activity, though, Bowman said this flu season doesn’t seem to be a special one.
“I think it’s relatively the same (as 2012),” she said.
But Jennifer King, spokeswoman for NGHD, said the flu season is just getting started in north Georgia.
“We’re not even in the peak yet,” King said Thursday. “The peak of the season isn’t even until January, possibly in February. That’s why it’s still so important for people to try to get that flu shot.”
In Cherokee County, King said the health district has about 1,000 vaccinations left for the season, which she said is a healthy supply.
National numbers for the flu also seem to be on the rise, according to King.
“But that’s only to be expected at this time of year,” she said. “We definitely are urging people to get their flu shots.”
King said cutting the flu off at the pass basically boils down to common sense.
“It’s so important that we maintain really, really good hygiene, washing our hands a lot and keeping them away from their faces. Also, cover your coughs and sneezes,” King said, in addition to getting a flu shot. “Even if you still get the flu with all that, you want to try to not spread it. If you are sick, stay home until you no longer have a fever.”