Flu season

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is among the chorus of health officials and organizations urging Americans to get a flu vaccine this year.  


Dr. Payel Gupta is an Asthma Allergist and Immunology Specialist and spokesperson with the American Lung Association. 


“The flu is not just a bad cold, it’s a serious respiratory infection, and I think sometimes people forget how serious it can be.”

She says everyone six months old and older can receive a flu shot.

American Red Cross

As flu season approaches, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets as the nation braces for flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In addition, recent severe weather in the wake of Hurricane Zeta has also forced the cancellation of drives in many areas impacted by the storm.


Ronnika McFall is a spokesperson with the agency. 


Urban Milwaukee

This flu season has many health experts in Athens and around the nation concerned about a possible ‘twindemic’ of people possibly getting both the flu and COVID-19 this year. Dr. Thomas Wells is an internal medicine specialist at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.  


“We have the concern about flu and COVID actively circulating in the community, people can be co-effected.”

Officials say the flu usually peaks between December and February, but it can last into May.  

Both illnesses have similar symptoms but need different treatment. 

Carroll Broadcasting

The Clarke County School District is making it easier than ever for students, families, and staff to receive their flu shot. 


The Athens-Clarke County School District is offering free flu shots to all students, family members of students, and staff. 

Appointments to receive a flu shot are available through October 28th, and locations include Winterville Elementary, H.B. Stroud Elementary, Whit Davis Elementary, Whitehead Road Elementary, and Clarke Middle School.

Influenza and COVID-19 have been compared since the beginning of the pandemic, but with flu season approaching, these two illnesses are about to collide.  Dr. Ted Ross from the University of Georgia explains why getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever before.