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Health Experts Urge Flu Shots

A nurse prepares a flu shot.
David Goldman
A nurse prepares a flu shot.

National health experts are once again urging those that can, to get a flu shot.

Dr. Chastity Walker is a senior advisor for health equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She says after two record-low seasons, rates and cases of the flu are unseasonably high this year.

Walker says covid-19 measures, like mask wearing, limiting social gatherings, and physical distancing likely helped to keep numbers down before. She says, while not perfect, the flu vaccine does provide benefits.

Some groups are suffering more from serious complications. They include pregnant women, children under age 5, Black and Hispanic people, and those with underlying medical conditions. Walker cautions RSV and covid are also concerns this year.

For more information, visit GetMyFluShot.org.

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!