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Season's first fatal flu cases confirmed in Ga.

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The Georgia Dept. of Public Health announced Wednesday it has confirmed of two flu-related deaths in the state for this flu season.

The two fatalities were adults. The flu level is minimal in Georgia, but there has been  increases in flu activity statewide, including hospitalizations, according to the health department. Flu symptoms include overall and sudden achiness and malaise and cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever.

The peak of flu season typically hits and the end of January and runs through late February or early March.

"The single most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine.  Every healthy individual over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine, unless there are underlying medical conditions. In those cases, patients should consult their physician," said J. Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection, Georgia Dept. of Public Health, in a statement.  "The holidays bring gatherings with family and friends and increase the likelihood of spreading the flu. Now is the time to get vaccinated." 

Flu prevention tips from the health department:

-Frequent and thorough hand washing
-Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
-Avoid touching your face as flu germs and get into the body through membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes
-If you're sick, stay home.
-If you have the flue, you should be no longer using a fever reducer for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

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