The Georgia Dept. of Public
Health announced Tuesday that it has confirmed the first flu-related death in
the eight-county area of the Coastal Health District.
An adult female in Chatham
County died from the flu. However, there have been 31 flu-related deaths in
Georgia so far, according to a news release from the Coastal Health District.
The Coastal Health District is made up of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn,
Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.
"Although we are getting into peak flu season
it is not too late to get vaccinated," said Health Director for the Coastal
Health District, Dr. Diane Weems, in a statement "Getting vaccinated is truly
the best way to protect against getting the virus."
Flu symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy
nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends
everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccination.
The Coastal Health District offered these flu prevention tips:
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