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.

Text Only
What We Think
  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results