Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 21, 2013

Don’t get flu for the holidays

-- — While most are expecting to receive a gift this Christmas, no one wants the gift that keeps on giving, the flu. It’s not enough that influenza can bring down the healthiest person, but can easily be spread to any others that person comes into contact with. Given the family gatherings and the number of events that bring large groups together in close quarters over the holidays, one infected person can pass the flu on to numerous others.

It is essential to protect yourself by getting the flu vaccine.

Despite the spike in flu cases earlier than usual, the vaccine appears to be working against the strains that are active this year.

The health department, nearly all drug stores and pharmacies, and physician’s offices have flu shots still available. If you haven’t been immunized yet, you need to do so soon to avoid what is already an active season.

If you start having symptoms, seek medical help as soon as possible. If you can get medication in the first 48 hours, your chances of having an easier time of it are much greater than if you ignore the symptoms and avoid seeking help for several days.

Don’t let flu sidetrack you for the holidays. Get vaccinated and protect yourself and your loved ones.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results