Flu deaths here up to 79; hospitalizations reach new high in metro area
Georgia public health officials have now confirmed a total of 79 influenza-related deaths this flu season, including three children, as of Friday. That total easily surpasses the 58 deaths the state reported in 2009, the first year that all flu deaths were required to be reported to Georgia Public... Read more
Videos are new state tactic against teen suicides
The state has produced powerful new videos in an effort to help combat teenage suicide. The Public Service Announcements, released by the GBI’s Child Fatality Review Panel, feature teens talking about depression and hopelessness – and ways to overcome them. Over the past three years, 144 children/teenagers committed suicide... Read more
Flu refuses to wane, has now killed 66 in Georgia
Georgia’s flu-related death toll this season now stands at 66, with two confirmed child deaths, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. The agency total means that 15 more deaths in the state were confirmed during the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, the latest for which... Read more
No major shortage of flu drugs, but pharmacies face supply gap
This flu season — the worst in several years – has stretched the supply chain of flu drugs to the limit. Drug stores have scrambled to keep up with demand for the antiviral flu drug Tamiflu and its generic brand, and that’s resulting in spot shortages, especially for the... Read more
Georgia’s flu death toll now at 51; season’s peak is still ahead
Georgia now has 51 confirmed flu-related deaths, up from 37 on Wednesday and 25 just a week ago. The state Department of Public Health also reported Friday that there were 120 hospitalizations due to influenza infection in the eight-county metro Atlanta region during the week of Jan. 21 through... Read more

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