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Flu claims Chatham County woman

Death is first in the region

POSTED: January 21, 2014 4:11 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a woman 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 District is made up of eight area counties, including Bryan, Liberty and Long.

“Although we are getting into peak flu season it is not too late to get vaccinated,” district health director Diane Weems, MD, said. “Getting vaccinated is truly the best way to protect against getting the virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 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 are 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.

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