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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 9:02am

Moderate Flu Season in Georgia

Georgia is experiencing a moderate flu season. According to the Department of Community Health, there have been no deaths since flu season officially began in October and there are still vaccines available.

Doctor Anil Mangla with the department says people shouldn’t let the moderate label keep them from being cautious.

“There are a few things you have to do. The CDC has a great recommendation. It says take the time to get a flu vaccine, we talk of prevention actions to stop the germs from spreading and this is covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid contact with sick people.”

Mangla says there is weekly surveillance to track how the flu is spreading in Georgia.

This year’s vaccine protects against three strains of flu including H1N1. The department is encouraging everyone over six months old to get vaccinated.

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