Authorities have not identified the 4-year-old, who died outside of the county, according to a news release from the Riverside University Health System-Public Health. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time previous year. "It trains your body to be prepared for when it actually sees the real thing", he said, adding that it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to work properly. Nine other states reported "moderate" influenza activity and 10 states reported low flu activity.
"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.
By the last week in December, 7.4 percent of doctor visits in Georgia were for flu-like symptoms (compared to the baseline of 2.2 percent), and four deaths had been attributed to influenza (one patient was a child; the other three were senior citizens).
The CDC warns individuals that flu symptoms come on suddenly.
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H1N1 has been the most common strain of the virus seen so far this season, which experts anticipate will be milder than last year's strain.
The new policy, which was announced on Monday, Jan. 7, is a response to the current flu season. Aside from immunization, basic hygiene such as frequently washing hands, getting plenty of sleep and staying away from sick people helps prevent spread of the flu. What makes this spike in activity more significant is data that many adults have put off getting the flu vaccine.
The H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, is spreading throughout Georgia. The CDC recommends the vaccine for anyone over the age of 6 months old, he added.
NCT03180801 is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled single-center trial of 123 subjects in collaboration with to assess the efficacy and safety of two different formulation and dosing regimens of FLU-v vaccine administered in healthy adults. "We are hoping for a milder season than we had past year, which was a doozy", Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, told Healthline.
Get an annual flu vaccination.