Flu lingers but is dropping significantly
The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state. Hospitalizations for flu in the eight-county metro Atlanta area dropped to 49 during the week of Feb. 18-24. The number had been 91 the week before. And the proportion of outpatient visits for flu-like illness... Read more
It’s not over, but rough flu season finally receding
Georgia’s latest flu report appears to support CDC statements that the flu season may finally have passed its peak. Hospitalizations for flu in the eight-county metro Atlanta area were far lower in the week of Feb. 11 through 17 than in the previous week, down to 91 from 165. And the... Read more
Bill would allow lower tax on ‘modified risk’ tobacco product
A Georgia House panel approved a measure Wednesday that would allow a “modified risk’’ tobacco product to have a tax that’s half of what exists now for cigarettes sold in the state. The FDA has yet to approve such a product to be sold in the U.S. — or to be... Read more
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

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