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Social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday a new global policy that prohibits ads discouraging people from getting vaccinated.
“We don’t want these ads on our platform,” the company said in a news release.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 48% of U.S. adults received the flu vaccination last year.
Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Early To Build Immunity, Officials Say
Flu sent more than 2,500 people to metro Atlanta area hospitals and left 94 Georgians dead during the 40 weeks of the 2019-20 influenza season. The Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network reports laboratory confirmed influenza hospitalizations in the eight-county metro Atlanta area (Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton).
A significant flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) season this year could put an added strain on the health care system, as people experience similar symptoms — fever, cough, and aches, for example — with COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
The Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC recommend people get their flu shot by the end of October.
When To Get A Flu Shot: Emory Experts Say Before October Ends
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.
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