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.
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.
The Flu in Georgia has increased from moderate to high levels according to the Centers for Disease Control. Georgia is now leading the nation in reported flu cases. The peak of flu season is not until January, but this week is National Influenza Vaccination week.