MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Georgia leading the nation in flu cases

According to the Center of Disease Control’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Georgia currently leads the nation in the number of flu cases this season.

“The one place where the disease is already on the uptick is Georgia,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s national center for immunization and respiratory disease, said, according to WSBTV Channel 2. “It’s leading the nation in flu (cases) right now. Every year thousands of people die from the flu all around the country and about 200,000 are hospitalized. We don’t know which people are going to be unlucky, so we recommend everyone age six months and up to get the flu vaccine.”

As of yet, cases of the flu are concentrated in the metro Atlanta area, though more have begun popping up across the state. School age kids have contracted the most cases, though last month a 63-year-old metro Atlanta woman died from the flu.

“We’re seeing all kinds of illness right now," pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu said, according to WSBTV Channel 2. "Mostly flu and other respiratory illnesses like croup and just bad colds. We’re also seeing a lot of strep throat infections right now.”

The CDC recommends that all Americans over the age of six months get the flu vaccine, especially pregnant women who are at high risk for complications of the flu.