The Union Recorder

Local News

January 16, 2013

Flu bug takes a bite across area, state

MILLEDGEVILLE — With high levels of the flu reported in Georgia and nearly 30 other states, 20 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children so far this winter across the nation, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since health officials began keeping track.

Data as of Jan. 5 show 471 people have been hospitalized with the flu in the metro-Atlanta area, states the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website. So far, Georgia has had two flu-related deaths.

“The activity for the state is still widespread since it has been going on for the last several weeks,” said JoAnna Wagner, RN infection prevention manager and patient safety officer at Oconee Regional Medical Center (ORMC). “We certainly seem to be experiencing earlier onset of the flu and we’re seeing an increase from about six weeks ago.”

The flu is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus, which spreads through coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. For most people, symptoms last a few days and include fever, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny or stuffy nose.

We know that not everyone will get vaccinated for the flu this year. If you choose to skip the vaccine, we encourage you to stay home if you get sick. Do not come to work or school and risk spreading the virus to others. If you decide to gamble with your own health, please don’t gamble with the health of your loved ones and co-workers. They deserve better; protect them, too,” said Dr. David Harvey, health director for the North Central Health District (NCHD), which includes the Baldwin County Health Department. “We also encourage everyone to remember basic hygiene rules. Wash your hands often; cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. These tips sound basic, but they are a great way to stop the spread of many diseases, not just flu.”

Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open