Health: Flu deaths in Georgia rise to 41, second highest in five years.

Health: Flu deaths in Georgia rise to 41, second highest in five years.

 

Even with the end of the flu season now here, Georgia’s fatality count continued to climb.

Two more flu-related death were reported in Georgia the week ending May 4, bringing the total to 41 flu-related deaths so far this season (Sept. 30 through May 4). We’re expecting the report for the week of May 11 very soon with the season-ending Week 20 report by early June.

Some 33 of the 41 deaths reported so far this season are among those 50 and older. Also, another 1,578 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: 5
  • 50 to 64 years: 10
  • 65 and older: 23

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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