Dalton (GA) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two
flu-related deaths in North Georgia. Of the current 19 confirmed
flu-related deaths in Georgia, these are the only two that have been
reported thus far for the North Georgia Health District, comprised of
Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.
Both of the deceased were middle-aged, and there is no evidence in the
Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services that either
of them had received an influenza vaccination.
Health officials continue to stress the importance of getting a flu
shot and that anyone 6 months and older who has not yet gotten a flu
vaccination this season should get one now at their local health
department, through their healthcare provider or at a pharmacy that
provides flu shots.
Symptoms of the flu come on quickly and often include a fever, cough,
sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches,
fatigue and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is
more common in children than adults.
Also to prevent flu and to prevent spreading viruses, use good, common
sense hygiene practices such as avoiding people who are sick, stay home
if experiencing flu-like symptoms, cover your coughs and sneezes with a
tissue then throw the tissue in the trash, wash your hands often and
thoroughly with warm, soapy water, avoid touching your eyes, nose or
mouth with your hands, and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be
contaminated with germs like the flu.