Health: Flu deaths rise to 36 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; second deadliest season in five years.

Health: Flu deaths rise to 36 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; second deadliest season in five years.

 

Thirty-six people have died from the flu so far this season (Sept. 30 through April 20) with all but seven of those deaths occurring among those 50 and older. So far this season, another 1,548 people have been hospitalized. Flu outbreaks are holding at 80.

The age groups of those who died from the flu so far this season were:

0 to 4 years: 1

5 to 17 years: 2

18 to 49 years: 4

50 to 64 years: 10

65 and older: 19

With four weeks left in the season (usually ending mid-May), Georgia will finish far below the 151 deaths recorded in the 2017-18 flu season but higher than the three years before that. The season-by-season count:

2017-18: 151 flu deaths; 3.139 hospitalizations; 175 outbreaks.

2016-17: Nine deaths, 1,484 hospitalized, 37 outbreaks.

2015-16: Seven deaths, 592 hospitalized, three outbreaks.

2014-15: 28 deaths, 1,460 hospitalized, 34 outbreaks.

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health

 

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