44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men’s Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17.

44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men’s Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17.

 

 

The 2018-19 flu season in Georgia is over and it was a deadly one: 44 people died from influenza between Sept. 30 and May 18, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s down significantly from 151 deaths in 2017-18 (151 people) but also equal to the three previous years combined (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17).

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: 6
  • 50 to 64 years: 10
  • 65 and older: 25

Georgia’s annual flu reports for the past five years:

  • 2018-19: 44 flu deaths; 1,582 hospitalizations; and 81 outbreaks.
  • 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


June is Men’s Health Month and Harbin Clinic encourages men to ‘Man Up and Know their Stats.’ Various research has shown that many men avoid visiting their physicians, sometimes out of overconfidence that nothing is wrong or denial that something is off. However, men’s health habits and genetics can put them at a greater risk for factors such as heart attacks and strokes. So how exactly do men take charge of their health, and what should they be on the lookout for?

Here are some health hacks on how to Man Up and take charge of your wellbeing (expanded version here):

PROSTATE HEALTH

  • Love low-fat.
  • Regulate red meat.
  • Keep an exercise routine.
  • Know how you go.

BLOOD PRESSURE

  • Know your numbers.
  • Ditch the salt.
  • Stretch it out.
  • It’s time to quit smoking.

BLOOD SUGAR/GLUCOSE

  • Eat your vegetables.
  • Hit those weights.
  • Go for the grain.
  • Decaffeinate.

CHOLESTEROL

  • Lower LDL.
  • Help your HDL.
  • Eat a bowl of oatmeal.
  • Ditch the doughnuts.

BODY MASS INDEX

  • Don’t drown in the numbers (know your body mass index).
  • Check with your doc.
  • Buy a bagel.
  • Catch some Zs.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Don’t skip your annual wellness checkup.


The 18th Annual Health Initiative for Men Plus Women is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Floyd County Health Department from 8 a.m. until noon. Organizers plan to continue “to combine the men’s and women’s events to make better use of our resources and efforts in providing services to those in our community.  HIM+ has proven to be an impactful event in our community, and we can’t do it without your help.” There’s a call out for vendors. If interested,  please contact Berenice Vasquez at 706-266-8330.

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