More people are coming down with the flu in the U.S., and Georgia and other Southeastern states are seeing higher numbers of reported cases. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the H1N1 virus is the dominant strain this season.
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.
This flu season arrived early and dealt a severe blow. When you get sick, health officials tell you to stay home and rest, but that can be hard to do in today’s lean workplaces. Brandon Smith helps us call in sick in the best way possible.
University of Georgia researchers have received a federal grant of more than $1.1 million for their work on fighting the flu. The researchers' works are refining a nanotechnology-based method that uses laser beams to more accurately predict emerging influenza strains, especially the most deadly ones.
State health officials say the number of people hospitalized with flu symptoms in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks, the latest sign of a widespread flu outbreak. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that 244 people were hospitalized during a recent four-week period in metro Atlanta.
Georgia health officials are monitoring more flu cases this season than in the last three years. Some urgent care clinics are flooded with flu patients. Dr. Patrick O’Neal with the State Department of Public Health, says there’s a high incidence of flu being reported in more than half of Georgia’s 18 health districts.
Georgia Health Sciences Health System officials announced Wednesday that visitation has been restricted to friends and family over the age of 17. In a release, hospital officials cite a rise in flu cases among school-aged children as a reason behind the age restriction.