Flu cases are ticking up in Georgia. Public health officials announced the first influenza-related deaths in Georgia this flu season—two adults in metro Atlanta. Officials did not provide further details about the two who died. The Department of Public Health says that while the flu level is still considered minimal in Georgia, it is reporting increases in flu activity statewide, including hospitalizations.
Flu activity in Georgia is low right now. But after a spike in illnesses last year after Thanksgiving, state public health workers are on alert. They want more Georgians to get their flu shot so activity stays low.
The Georgia Association of School Nurses and the Georgia Department of Public Health are working together to boost immunization among the state's school children. Flu shot clinics will be starting this month at many of the state’s schools.
Labor Day has barely passed, marking the unofficial end of summer. Yet public health officials and doctors’ offices are already pushing flu shots, telling patients it’s not too early to get vaccinated.