The flu season in Georgia begins in early October and can run as late in the year as May.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 20 percent of Americans get the flu. Additionally, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu-related health complications.
Children are the most at risk as their immune systems are still developing. Last flu season, 172 children died across the country. Approximately 80% of those had not received a flu vaccination. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.
Pam Kirkland of the West Georgia Department of Health suggests everyone get a flu shot and wash their hands to protect themselves and those around them.