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First flu death reported in South Georgia

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 13:59:00-05

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Health District confirmed that there has been one flu-related death in the area this year.

The patient who died was a 49-year-old Lee County man who had other underlying health conditions.

In 2017, there were four flu-related deaths in the district. There were none the previous year.

In 2015, there was one flu-related death, and two in 2014, according to the Southwest Health District.

The Health District and Phoebe officials say you should follow the following advice to stay well:

  • Avoid contact with people who have the flu.
  • Seek medical attention quickly if you develop symptoms.  Antiviral medication may shorten the severity and duration of the flu if you contract the illness.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.

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