The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two flu-related deaths in North Georgia (comprised of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties). There have been 19 flu-related deaths reported statewide in Georgia.
Health department officials said both of the victims were "middle-aged," and had not received a flu vaccine.
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.
For more information about the flu and flu prevention, log onto to the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu