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Athens News Matters: Our hosts get their flu shots, and talk about the importance of flu vaccinations

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Alexia Ridley and Martin Matheny received their flu shots from UGA's Ashley Hannings in the friendly confines of WUGA's Studio A.

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines the past few years, but that does not mean that other viruses have gone on vacation.

Dr. Ashley Hannings of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy came by our studios this week to help us prepare for what may be a rough flu season this year. She explained what symptoms to look out for, and what to do if you catch the flu. She also discussed an easy way to protect yourself and your community from illness, using our hosts' arms as a demonstration.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.