No new flu deaths in Georgia this week according to the latest report from the Georgia Department of Health for week ending Feb. 16. So far, the flu has claimed at least 15 lives statewide this season since Sept. 30.
Since the season’s start (Sept. 30-Oct. 6), eight people 65 or older have died from the flu with four deaths recorded in the 50-through-64 age group. Two more have died, ages 18 through 49, wile one death has been reported for children ages 5 through 17.
The latest report shows 44 people were hospitalized in metro Atlanta with flu-related symptoms through the week of Feb. 16, boosting the annual total to 1,147 cases treated.
Flu outbreaks for the week hit 5, or 56 since the season started. Georgia is still considered to have a “widespread” outbreak of the flu with high activity.
Fighting the flu: These recommendations courtesy of Harbin Clinic.
Get a flu shot to protect against this year’s flu virus strains. Harbin Clinic recommends that individuals six months and older get a flu shot annually, because the flu virus strains change from year to year. All Harbin Clinic patients can get the vaccine from their primary care physician.
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 facemask to help prevent germs from spreading.