Flu continues to plague Georgia
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In its latest update the Georgia Department of Public Health (March 3, 2018) for the week of February 18–24, 2018 reported high influenza-like illness intensity with widespread occurrences throughout Georgia. Forty-nine Metro Area hospitalizations were due to influenza infection with 2,409 hospitalizations due to influenza and 118 confirmed influenza-associated deaths with four pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 season.
Nationally, the percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses dropped for the first time this season and could indicate that the flu may finally be on the decline. While the incidence of the flu has declined, 48 states are still reporting widespread flu. The CDC stated that the occurrence remains higher than the peak of flu activity observed during many seasons. Thirteen new pediatrics deaths were reported bring the season to a total of 97.
Flu-related hospitalizations continue at very high levels. Hospitalizations across all age groups increased, particularly among the elderly. The CDC reported that the rates are higher than the end-of-season rates for the 2014-2015 season. Vaccinations continue to be recommended.