Two adults in Georgia have died from the flu so far, according to the Georgia Dept. of Public Health.
The Georgia Dept. of Public Health said Friday that a flu epidemic has hit Georgia. The flu is hitting Georgia harder this year than it has in nearly a decade, according to a health dept. press release.
The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is H3N2. The health department maintains that the vaccine is a close match and that it's effective in preventing and minimizing flu symptoms.
Flu-related hospitalizations are high. The symptoms and intensity can vary from person to person.
"We are seeing some decrease in flu activity, but we are still at epidemic level and the flu is unpredictable," said Patrick O'Neal, M.D., director of the Division of Health Protection, Georgia Department of Public Health, in a statement. "We are getting reports of more severe flu effects in neighboring states, including the number of deaths. Peak flu season typically does not happen until late January or early February so we may not have seen the worst yet."
The health department stresses that it isn't too late to get a flu vaccine and that there is plenty of the vaccine available statewide.
Flu prevention symptoms from the Ga. Dept. of Public Health:
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