As public health officials gain information about COVID-19 and its effects, they say compelling data show vaccination can help prevent both serious illness and long COVID.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 56% of Georgians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But only a quarter got the updated variant-targeting shots this flu season.
Experts warn winter could bring a spike in flu, RSV and COVID-19 cases. Respiratory illness rates are high and continue to overwhelm hospitals.
Some epidemiologists say the upcoming flu season is a bit of uncharted territory with respect to its expected intensity. That’s because, over the last two years, people have been wearing masks to avoid catching COVID-19, which also dramatically slowed transmission of influenza viruses.
After virtually disappearing for the last two years, there are troubling clues that the flu could come roaring back this year, to cause trouble alongside COVID.
October marks the start of the annual flu season, which typically worsens as the mercury drops before ending around May. And with Georgia hospitals still packed with COVID-19 patients, a bad flu season could mean even more strain on already stressed health workers.
The president of the Medical Association of Georgia said Wednesday this flu season could be worse than last year’s, and again stressed the importance of getting both a flu and COVID-19 vaccine.
With all the talk about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, it's easy to forget that there's another respiratory virus poised to strike. We tackle questions about why a flu vaccine matters now.
With COVID-19 cases rising across the state, a flu shot is even more important this year because the more people who contract COVID-19 and influenza, the more likely patients will need care in a hospital, Georgia Nurses Association President Richard Lamphier said.
Everyone 6 months of age and older is encouraged to get a flu shot this year.
A football coach at a high school in South Georgia is in the hospital after testing positive for both influenza and COVID-19, according to the school's Facebook page.
Doctors say with early influenza vaccination and continuing COVID-19 precautions, the U.S. could see less illness this season.
So far this year, flu infections are way down in the Southern Hemisphere. Scientists want to know why — and what it means for the Northern Hemisphere as their flu season looms.
In an interview with WebMD, CDC Director Robert Redfield warns of the dual threat of the coronavirus and flu season. He urges Americans to follow COVID-19 health guidance and get the flu vaccine.
Influenza and related illnesses continue to be widespread across Georgia. So far this season, 47 Georgians have died from the flu, and more than half of...