Health: Flu remains on the mild side in Georgia so far this season; much lower than the same point in 2019 and 2018.

Health: Flu remains on the mild side in Georgia so far this season; much lower than the same point in 2019 and 2018.

Maybe those pandemic precautions are having an impact. Whatever the reason, the 2020-21 flu season remains mild — and that might be an understatement.

Through Dec. 19, the latest reports posted, 14 people had been hospitalized with the flu. All but two cases were among those 50 and older, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. A year earlier, Georgia had recorded seven flu deaths, 387 hospitalizations and 33 outbreaks. Two years ago, there were four deaths, 306 hospitalizations and 15 outbreaks.

Healthcare officials continue to recommend everyone ages six months and older get the flu shot as the season stretches into mid May. The peak months usually are January and February.

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