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In the third week of January, 8.1% of deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were associated with pneumonia and the seasonal flu. That’s above the epidemic threshold for this time of the year, which is normally at 7.2%.
It marks the second week in a row that deaths connected to influenza were above normal and highlights the need for people to get vaccinated for the flu even now.
About 2,800 people had influenza in the week ending January 18, 2014.
There have been 673 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta and 37
confirmed deaths statewide this flu season, according to the Georgia
Department of Public Health. However, Georgia Health News reports there
are signs that the flu activity is declining in Georgia and other Southern states.
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