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Flu instances still low in Georgia

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 01, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Flu instances still low in Georgia

Courtesy of Metro Creative

The third week for reported flu activity for the 2019-2020 season shows that flu activity in Georgia is low, a 3 on a scale of 1-10, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The report examined data from the week of Oct. 13-19 and showed four flu-related hospitalizations in the eight-county metro-Atlanta area. That brings the total number of metro-Atlanta area hospitalizations up to 17 for the 2019-2020 season.

No flu-related deaths have been reported, according to the DPH.

The predominant strains of flu virus in the state have been Influenza A (H3N2) and Influenza B Victoria lineage, consistent with other states with incidences of the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed influenza vaccine that is appropriate for the recipient's age and health status.

Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses, depending on the vaccine, that research suggests will be most common. This year's vaccine protects against both A (H3N2) and B Victoria lineage, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.