It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Did you get your flu shot in Cherokee County yet?
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, December 7, 2012
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the …
While Cherokee has not had any cases of the virus, nearby Cobb has had three.
With the number of confirmed West Nile virus cases in Georgia at 21, state health officials today urged residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes that may carry the potentially fatal virus. "The problem of mosquitoes and West Nile virus appears to be escalating in Georgia and across the country," said Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s director of health protection. "More West Nile virus cases have been confirmed by the third week in August than at any time in the last 10 years." Of the 21 confirmed cases, three have resulted in death. Dougherty County had two fatalities. The other occurred in Early County. The Department of Public Health has classified metro Atlanta as a high risk area for West Nile …