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January 13, 2014

Two flu-related deaths confirmed in north Georgia

Citing privacy concerns, officials won’t say exactly where

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two flu-related deaths in north Georgia. Of the current 20 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.

Citing privacy concerns, officials would not say exactly where the deaths occurred.

Both of the deceased were middle-aged, and there is no evidence in the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services that either had received an influenza vaccination.

Health officials continue to stress the importance of getting a flu shot and that anyone six months and older who has not yet gotten a flu vaccination this season should get one now at their local health department, through their health care 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 and fatigue, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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 on to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

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