MOULTRIE -- A quick quiz: Which of the following is just around the corner?

A. Sunbelt Agricultural Expo.

B. Halloween.

C. Christmas.

D. Flu season.

E. All of the above.

Yep, it's E.

The three-day Expo starts Oct. 19. Halloween is Oct. 31, although the City of Moultrie plans to celebrate it Oct. 30 because the holiday itself falls on a Sunday. Christmas, of course, is way down the line on Dec. 25, but stores already have begun putting out holiday displays.

Flu season kicks off in November -- and that's the upcoming event the Colquitt County Health Department is getting ready for.

Kindra Harden, a nurse at the health department, said 2,500 doses of flu vaccine are now on hand, and more will be available if needed. The health department will start administering the vaccines Oct. 4, Harden said, and will hold extended hours on four days to accommodate those wishing to receive them.

The health department will be open for flu shots only until 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 and 6 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Residents can also get flu shots from their personal physicians.

Influenza, also called the flu, is a serious disease of the lungs. It can make a victim sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching and more, and it can lead to pneumonia. Almost everyone can benefit from the flu vaccine, but some people have a greater need because they are in greater danger of being hospitalized or even dying. Such groups include people over 65 years of age; people with chronic health problems; women at least three months pregnant; and infants age 6 months to 23 months.

In addition, if you live with or take care of such people, you should also have a flu shot. Otherwise, you could get the flu and transmit it to them.

Children under the age of 9 who haven't been vaccinated before will require two doses one month apart to receive the benefit, Harden said.

"We definitely want those children who have never had a flu shot before to come in early," she said.

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