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.
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.
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.
Influenza season begins today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging all people over six months of age to get vaccinated. This year’s vaccine is for three strains of the flu including H1N1.