Flu activity in Georgia continues to decline but stays high and widespread.
The Georgia Department of Public Health acknowledged 4 % of affected individual visits to docs have been for the flu in the midst of the week ending March 16. That’s down from 4.2 % of visits the week sooner than, in accordance to the latest report launched on Friday.
While flu ranges are above the nationwide baseline of 2.2 %, they’re still correctly underneath peak ranges from December.
Since October, affected individual visits for flu have fluctuated between 3 % and 7.4 % in a testament to the virus’ unpredictability.
After flu costs rose sharply sooner than Christmas, they dropped. Rates started rising as soon as extra in early February but have decreased.
Since the flu season began, the illness has killed 19 people in Georgia — 17 adults and two youngsters. And there have been 1,371 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to flu indicators.
In the latest data set from the influenza report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia was one amongst 26 states experiencing high ranges of the flu. Others included Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and New Jersey.
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No influenza-related deaths have been included within the latest report from Georgia public effectively being officers. There have been 32 in hospitalizations in metro Atlanta for the flu, one different sign the season may be winding down.
Flu activity tends to peak between December and February but can closing as late as May.
The 2018-19 flu season is shaping up to be a relatively light one, and it may very well be thanks, on the very least partly, to a higher match with the flu vaccine.
Mid-season estimates counsel that the flu shot has diminished the hazard of illness by spherical 47 % in vaccinated people, in accordance to a report from the CDC. During the 2017-18 flu season, vaccine effectiveness was estimated at merely 36 %.
Flu vaccine effectiveness of 47 % means you are half as probably to come down with the flu this season you in all probability have been immunized. But even in case you come down with the flu, the flu vaccine can still present security. It lessens the severity of the flu and reduces the prospect of experiencing excessive issues. Getting a vaccine may shorten the scale of the flu in case you do get sick.
This 12 months’s flu vaccine is especially environment friendly in youngsters, at 61 %.
An estimated 80 % of kids who died closing 12 months from the flu didn’t get the flu vaccine.
Dr. Andi Shane, medical director of epidemiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, acknowledged youngsters who acquired the vaccine but still acquired the flu tended to have a far milder case of the flu. Most actually really feel sick for lower than a day or two — in its place of being really sick for per week.
Georgia’s 2017-18 flu season didn’t subside until the highest of April. It claimed on the very least 154 lives statewide and led to higher than 3,000 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta. Local effectively being officers referred to because it the worst outbreak in a very long time.
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