COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - I love this time of year, when the air turns crisp, the humidity drops, the leaves start changing, and our minds turn to football.
What I'm not so crazy about is that it's also time to get our flu shots. I get one every year just to be safe, and even though last year's swine flu scare is just a memory, health officials are once again urging us to get a preventative shot before flu season peaks which is usually around January here in South Carolina.
So far, DHEC says physicians throughout the state report that less than 1 percent of their patients are experiencing flu-like symptoms compared to about 6 percent this time last year.
Traditionally, the elderly are most at risk, but consult your family doctor as to whether flu shots represent more of a risk to you than actually contracting the flu.
If your company offers flu shots as mine does, consider taking advantage of it. Most county health centers are making shots available this week at a cost of $25, and they accept Medicare and Medicaid.
To make an appointment or get more information from a county health clinic near you, contact one of the following county offices in Richland, Lexington or Kershaw counties, or go to scdhec.gov for details in your home county.
Shots are also available at area Walgreens.
Flu shot or not…it's your choice…but here's wishing you a flu-free season. That's my perspective. What's yours?