Health: Flu-related deaths rise to 39 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; still way below last year’s total of 151 deaths.

Health: Flu-related deaths rise to 39 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; still way below last year’s total of 151 deaths.

 

One more flu-related death reported in Georgia this week bringing the total to 39 flu-related deaths so far this season (Sept. 30 through April 27). All but seven of those deaths occurring among those 50 and older. So far this season, another 1,551 people have been hospitalized. Flu outbreaks are holding at 80. Weekly report

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: 22

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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