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Flu Numbers Rise in Lowndes County

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 16:18:00-05

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga-- South Georgia Medical Center says Lowndes County and surrounding areas are seeing an increase in flu activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over thirty-six-thousand people die in the United States from flu-related complications each year and more than 200 thousand people are hospitalized. 

 

Vaccines are currently available at South Georgia Medical Center's urgent care clinic, as well as all public health departments in Lowndes County, area pharmacies and some physicians' offices. 

South Georgia Medical Center says it's not too late to get your vaccine.

Flu symptoms include cough, fever, headaches, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, fatigue and a runny nose. 

 

The disease is spread by droplets from coughing or sneezing.

In addition to your flu shot, you can avoid the flu by frequently washing your hands, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to minimize the spread of germs.