Another 47 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Dec. 16-22 in Georgia, boosting the total since late September to 306. Another eight flu outbreaks were reported that week vs. seven for the early weeks of the season. The seasonal death toll remained at four with no new fatalities.
State Department of Health reports show most of the flu cases so far this year have been young — newborn to 17 — followed by those 18 to 49. However, three of the fourth flu deaths this season have been those 65 and older. The fourth was someone between the ages of 5 and 17.
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Georgia is among nine states and New York City with high influenza-like illness reports (Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Carolina).
- Georgia is among 11 states and Guam reporting widespread influenza activity (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina).
- Expanded CDC report.