American Red Cross Urges You to Get Your Flu Shot
Skip Flu Season, Stay Healthy and Give Life
(Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2011)
What’s the best word to describe flu season? Unpredictable. Flu activity in the U.S. commonly peaks in January or February, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue through late May.
That’s why it’s important for everyone six months of age and older to get protection from this serious disease by getting a yearly flu vaccine.
The CDC also recommends staying away from sick people, frequent hand washing to reduce the spread of germs, and staying home from work or school when you’re sick to prevent spreading the flu.
A healthy population means a healthy pool of blood donors. The Red Cross encourages you to skip flu season this year. Stay healthy and give life through blood donation.
Locally, you may give blood on the following dates:
• Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Family First Baptist Church located at 2790 Pulaski Highway in Columbia.
• Monday, Nov. 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Community Center located at 501 Gray Lane in Mount Pleasant.
• Monday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Spring Hill Middle School located at 3501 Cleburne Road in Spring Hill.