Flu deaths continue to rise in Georgia

Alicia Farmer
January 30, 2018

With the start of the spring semester, and faculty, staff and students returning to campus from all over the world - including parts of the USA where flu activity is very high - UB is prepared for a significant flu season.

The Alabama Department of Health is now investigating 44 possible flu-related deaths in the state.

One of the biggest distinctions between the flu and the adenovirus is how much more severe the flu is.CBS News reported that according to CDC figures, some 56,000 people died from the flu in 2014-15 season and that this year could rival that.

In response to the flu ourbreak throughout the state and nation, the Muscogee County School District is implementing additional precautions on campuses and providing guidelines for outbreak prevention in District schools. They recommend that every individual over 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine.

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Take care of your immune system by eating well, getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity and managing stress.

"It is also important to keep your hands away from your nose and mouth because this is a conduit for bacteria for viruses to enter the body". Health officials say if you have symptoms of the flu, call your doctor promptly to find out if antiviral treatment is needed. It is important to remember that anyone can get sick from the flu.

Some people are at higher risk for complications from the flu, especially infants and young children, older adults, pregnant women, and anyone with a chronic medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

While UB is not holding any more formal flu vaccine clinics - the university held several during the fall semester - students still can obtain a flu shot by making an appointment at Student Health Services, Snyder says.

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