January 21, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the flu-related death of an adult female in Chatham County. This is the first confirmed flu-related death in the Coastal Health District; however, there have been 31 flu-related deaths statewide. 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, Diane Weems, M.D. “Getting vaccinated is truly the best way to protect against getting the virus.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated against the flu. There are also several simple, everyday precautions people can take to avoid getting and spreading the flu including:
• Cover your cough (try to cough into the crook of your elbow, not your hand).
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•\ Clean common surfaces like countertops and desks.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs spread this way.
• Stay home and away from others when you’re sick.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.