ATLANTA - Flu season has been in full swing since August, but it's never too late to guard against infection. Dec. 4 is the first day of National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Georgia Department of Public Health emphasizes the importance of flu vaccination for all Georgians.
"People of every race, class and environment are equally susceptible to flu infection," said Steven Mitchell, the immunization director for the Georgia Department of Public Health. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu shot, and failure to get vaccinated accounts for countless infections each year."
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, communication lapses between patients and doctors are partly to blame. A recent survey by the CDC concluded that one in five adults believes vaccines are optional for healthy adults.
Operating under this impression, a significant portion of the population will fail to arm itself against the flu this coming season, putting everyone at higher risk for continued infection and transmission of the disease. CDC survey results show only 40.5 percent of Georgians were vaccinated in 2010-2011. In this category, Georgia ranks 41 out of the 50 states.
For more information on immunization, visit http://health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization.