Four flu deaths in Georgia so far this season (since Sept. 30): The latest flu report from the Georgia Department of Health shows two more people have died since the season began. Last year, through mid-May, 151 flu deaths were recorded in Georgia.
Also of note: 34 people were hospitalzed in the week ending Dec. 8, boosting the seasonal total to 159 people. Patients being examined for flu-like illnesses so far have mostly come from the toddler through age 17 categories. One youth has died from the flu so far this season with the other deaths occurring in patients 65 and old.
Two outbreaks of the flu have been reported in the state as well this season although none through Dec. 8. However, Georgia is classified as “widespread” in terms of the geographical spread of the flu.
You can read the entire report here for week 49.
Harbin Clinic recommends the following steps to help keep the flu away:
Arm Yourself Against the Flu
Get a flu shot to protect against this year’s flu virus strains
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap
Use a tissue to cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough
Stay home from school or work if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
If you feel ill, wear a face mask to help prevent germs from spreading