Flu making a comeback this season; more people have died since October (4) vs. all of last year (3). The season continues until mid May.

Flu making a comeback this season; more people have died since October (4) vs. all of last year (3). The season continues until mid May.

Not even midway through the 2021-22 flu season, Georgia has recorded more deaths — four — than a year ago. Health experts credited COVID protocols with helping keep the ’20-21 season so mild but that’s not the case this year.

The victims so far this season have included one person in the 18-49 age group, two others ages 50 through 64 and one 65 or older.

Also between Oct. 2 and Dec. 18, Georgia recorded 41 hospitalizations including 10 the week ending Dec. 18. There were 38 people hospitalized in all of the 2020-21 season.

There also have been five flu outbreaks since October vs. none last season.

Flu shots continue to be available at local health departments and most pharmacies. It takes two weeks for the shots to be effective.

Here’s a look at the past six flu seasons courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health:

  • 2020-21: 3 deaths, 38 hospitalizations.
  • 2019-20: 94 deaths, 2,520 hospitalizations.
  • 2018-19: 44 deaths, 1,582 hospitalizations.
  • 2017-18: 151 deaths, 3,139 hospitalizations.
  • 2016-17: 9 deaths, 1,484 hospitalizations.
  • 2015-16: 7 deaths, 582 hospitalizations.
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