With stories about anthrax filling newspaper columns and dominating airwaves, you might not be worrying about the flu season. You should, especially if you're elderly.

The flu is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. At this point, it would be safe to say that more residents of the Lowndes and surrounding counties will become ill with the flu in the coming months than with anthrax.

For older people or the chronically ill, the flu can be a death sentence.

Local residents have an opportunity to fend off the flu with $10 vaccinations being offered today and Thursday by South Georgia Medical Center. It's a good bargain, especially because flu vaccinations might not be readily available through your regular physician at any price.

The vaccinations will be available today at Harvey's Supermarket on Baytree Road and Thursday at Morningside Baptist Church. Hours both days will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A pharmacist, physician and pediatric nurse will be available. For more information, call 259-4141.

We urge residents to take advantage of this opportunity. Another reason to do so is that flu symptoms could mask those of anthrax. So if you've had the vaccination, you'll know it's not the flu.



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