HealthWatch: Flu hospitalizations jumped in the last week of 2018 in Georgia. Calendar:  Harbin Clinic’s Leprechaun-a-thon, 5K series, Walk With a Doc return this spring.

HealthWatch: Flu hospitalizations jumped in the last week of 2018 in Georgia. Calendar: Harbin Clinic’s Leprechaun-a-thon, 5K series, Walk With a Doc return this spring.

 

For the week of Dec. 23-29. Source: Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Another 90 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Dec. 23-29 in metro Georgia, boosting the total since late September to 440. Another four flu outbreaks were reported that week with 19 overall since the season started Sept. 30. 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 season 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.

Georgia continues to post a “high” number of flu cases and “influenza-like illnesses.” Likewise, the state is considered to have a “widespread” outbreak of flu cases coming into the new year.

For additional details from the state Department of Public Health, please click here.


A couple of items to add to your 2019 health calendar. Harbin Clinic shared these updates in a year-end health report. Dates to note:

  • Walk with a Doc returns in April “with all new insights on how to add years to your life and life to your years by consistently exercising.” This is the fourth year of the Walk With a Doc series, which traditional begins on a Saturday morning at Bridgepoint Plaza.
  • The new year’s lineup of 5K races starts with the Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon in March. Updates are coming soon. Last year’s events drew more than 2,700 runners and walkers (includes Harbin Hero Hustle and the Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot in Cartersville)
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