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  • Phoebe: Worst flu season in 4-5 years

    Phoebe: Worst flu season in 4-5 years

    Tuesday, February 27 2018 4:53 PM EST2018-02-27 21:53:57 GMT
    Protective masks are available for patients and visitors at Phoebe. (Source: WALB)Protective masks are available for patients and visitors at Phoebe. (Source: WALB)
    Protective masks are available for patients and visitors at Phoebe. (Source: WALB)Protective masks are available for patients and visitors at Phoebe. (Source: WALB)

    The medical staff at Phoebe Putney's Main campus, and Phoebe North are dealing with a roughly 30% increase in sick patients.

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    The medical staff at Phoebe Putney's Main campus, and Phoebe North are dealing with a roughly 30% increase in sick patients.

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  • 51 flu deaths in state, 4 in South GA

    51 flu deaths in state, 4 in South GA

    Friday, February 2 2018 6:44 PM EST2018-02-02 23:44:01 GMT
    (Source: DPH)(Source: DPH)

    The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that there have been 51 flu deaths in the state, one of those a pediatric case, so far this season.

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    The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that there have been 51 flu deaths in the state, one of those a pediatric case, so far this season.

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  • Health officials offer free flu shots

    Health officials offer free flu shots

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 7:00 PM EST2018-01-31 00:00:29 GMT
    (Source: Dept. Public Health)(Source: Dept. Public Health)

    Officials with the Tift County Health Department and Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital are offering free flu shots.

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    Officials with the Tift County Health Department and Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital are offering free flu shots.

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  • DCSS asks parents to leave sick kids home

    DCSS asks parents to leave sick kids home

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 12:00 AM EST2018-01-30 05:00:54 GMT
    Dougherty county school officials said they are starting to see more sick kids. (Source: WALB)Dougherty county school officials said they are starting to see more sick kids. (Source: WALB)

    Dougherty County school officials said they are starting to see an increase in the number of sick students. Officials said Monday many children are coming to school sick and having to be sent home. 

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    Dougherty County school officials said they are starting to see an increase in the number of sick students. Officials said Monday many children are coming to school sick and having to be sent home. 

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  • Valdosta school bus drivers impacted by flu epidemic causes delays

    Valdosta school bus drivers impacted by flu epidemic causes delays

    Monday, January 29 2018 6:24 PM EST2018-01-29 23:24:39 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    With the flu epidemic in full swing, a large number of school bus drivers in Valdosta have fallen ill.

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    With the flu epidemic in full swing, a large number of school bus drivers in Valdosta have fallen ill.

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  • Flu puts strain on Tamiflu, pharmacists

    Flu puts strain on Tamiflu, pharmacists

    Monday, January 29 2018 4:23 PM EST2018-01-29 21:23:02 GMT
    The flu is not only impacting Tamiflu supplies, but it's also affecting pharmacists' health (Source: WALB)The flu is not only impacting Tamiflu supplies, but it's also affecting pharmacists' health (Source: WALB)

    The rising number of flu cases is not only putting a strain on the available supply of Tamiflu, but it's also putting a strain on the number of pharmacists healthy enough to fill your prescriptions.

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    The rising number of flu cases is not only putting a strain on the available supply of Tamiflu, but it's also putting a strain on the number of pharmacists healthy enough to fill your prescriptions.

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  • Lee Co. man first flu death in South GA

    Lee Co. man first flu death in South GA

    Monday, January 29 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-29 16:57:29 GMT
    Dougherty County Health Department logo (Source: DoCo DPH)Dougherty County Health Department logo (Source: DoCo DPH)

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

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

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  • Clean your phone to prevent spreading germs this flu season

    Clean your phone to prevent spreading germs this flu season

    Monday, January 29 2018 6:38 AM EST2018-01-29 11:38:21 GMT
    Your cell phone contains 10 more germs than a toilet seat. (Source: WALB)Your cell phone contains 10 more germs than a toilet seat. (Source: WALB)

    We have all heard the basics about preventing the flu: get a flu shot, and keeping your hands washed. But we often forget to clean the item that we touch daily that could be carrying tons of germs.

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    We have all heard the basics about preventing the flu: get a flu shot, and keeping your hands washed. But we often forget to clean the item that we touch daily that could be carrying tons of germs.

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  • Flu epidemic takes a toll in Sumter County

    Flu epidemic takes a toll in Sumter County

    Sunday, January 28 2018 11:31 PM EST2018-01-29 04:31:55 GMT
    Patient being told she has a three hour wait time at the doctor's office. (Source: WALB)Patient being told she has a three hour wait time at the doctor's office. (Source: WALB)

    Experts with the Southwest Health District said the flu has reached an epidemic in our area. One county's emergency management director said it's close to declaring a public health emergency. 

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    Experts with the Southwest Health District said the flu has reached an epidemic in our area. One county's emergency management director said it's close to declaring a public health emergency. 

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  • Flu clinics extend hours for more patients

    Flu clinics extend hours for more patients

    Saturday, January 27 2018 6:29 PM EST2018-01-27 23:29:22 GMT
    Hours posted outside the Primary Care office (Source: WALB)Hours posted outside the Primary Care office (Source: WALB)

    As the flu epidemic continues to rise across the nation, in Albany, clinics are extending hours to help patients. 

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    As the flu epidemic continues to rise across the nation, in Albany, clinics are extending hours to help patients. 

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  • Flu epidemic: Death confirmed, hospitals restrict visitation

    Flu epidemic: Death confirmed, hospitals restrict visitation

    Friday, January 26 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-01-27 04:35:50 GMT
    Patient safety signs are visible across the Phoebe campus. (Source: WALB)Patient safety signs are visible across the Phoebe campus. (Source: WALB)

    The Director of the Southwest Health District has confirmed a flu death in our area. Additionally, officials with the department say the outbreak has reached epidemic proportions.

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    The Director of the Southwest Health District has confirmed a flu death in our area. Additionally, officials with the department say the outbreak has reached epidemic proportions.

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  • More flu cases confirmed, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated

    More flu cases confirmed, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated

    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:32 PM EST2018-01-20 21:32:31 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Dr. Joseph Conklin with Columbus Regional Health said he's already seen his fair share of patients coming into his office, saying they have flu-like symptoms. "We're seeing a fair amount this year," he said. "Maybe a little more compared to last year." Numbers across the country only support his observation. The Centers for Disease Control reported 14,401 confirmed flu cases during the week of January 13, bringing the season's tot...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Dr. Joseph Conklin with Columbus Regional Health said he's already seen his fair share of patients coming into his office, saying they have flu-like symptoms. "We're seeing a fair amount this year," he said. "Maybe a little more compared to last year." Numbers across the country only support his observation. The Centers for Disease Control reported 14,401 confirmed flu cases during the week of January 13, bringing the season's tot...More >>
  • DCSS students not severely impacted by flu yet, according to spokesperson

    DCSS students not severely impacted by flu yet, according to spokesperson

    Thursday, January 18 2018 12:07 PM EST2018-01-18 17:07:26 GMT
    DCSS spokesperson JD Sumner says students haven't been severely impacted by this year's flu season so far. (Source: WALB)DCSS spokesperson JD Sumner says students haven't been severely impacted by this year's flu season so far. (Source: WALB)

    We're dealing with one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years, but fortunately, the Dougherty County School System said their students haven't been severely impacted.

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    We're dealing with one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years, but fortunately, the Dougherty County School System said their students haven't been severely impacted.

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  • Southwest Georgians urged to get flu shot

    Southwest Georgians urged to get flu shot

    Monday, January 15 2018 8:26 PM EST2018-01-16 01:26:34 GMT
    Woman gets free flu shot to protect against flu illness (Source: WALB)Woman gets free flu shot to protect against flu illness (Source: WALB)

    The flu across Southwest Georgia has escalated so much that hospitals have hit capacity.

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    The flu across Southwest Georgia has escalated so much that hospitals have hit capacity.

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  • Flu prompts Tift hospital to announce visitor restrictions

    Flu prompts Tift hospital to announce visitor restrictions

    Monday, January 15 2018 1:18 PM EST2018-01-15 18:18:46 GMT
    Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton (Source: WALB)Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton (Source: WALB)

    Tift Regional Health System wants patients to call their primary care provider for flu and simple gastrointestinal symptoms before coming to the Emergency Room. 

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    Tift Regional Health System wants patients to call their primary care provider for flu and simple gastrointestinal symptoms before coming to the Emergency Room. 

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  • When should you take Tamiflu?

    When should you take Tamiflu?

    Monday, January 15 2018 6:36 AM EST2018-01-15 11:36:41 GMT
    Tamiflu can prevent or lessen the symptoms of the flu. (Source: WALB)Tamiflu can prevent or lessen the symptoms of the flu. (Source: WALB)

    With the flu rapidly taking over the nation, especially southwest Georgia, Tamiflu is a powerful medicine to help you fight back.

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    With the flu rapidly taking over the nation, especially southwest Georgia, Tamiflu is a powerful medicine to help you fight back.

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  • Pregnant women need to protect themselves from the flu

    Pregnant women need to protect themselves from the flu

    Monday, January 15 2018 6:31 AM EST2018-01-15 11:31:37 GMT
    Doctors urge pregnant women to get the flu shot. (Source: WALB)Doctors urge pregnant women to get the flu shot. (Source: WALB)

    The deadly flu outbreak has every one on their toes about their health...but some could be more at risk than others.

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    The deadly flu outbreak has every one on their toes about their health...but some could be more at risk than others.

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  • Hospitals implement flu prevention strategies

    Hospitals implement flu prevention strategies

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 5:42 PM EST2018-01-10 22:42:38 GMT
    Phoebe has implemented visitor guidelines to prevent the flu spreading at its hospitals. (Source: WALB)Phoebe has implemented visitor guidelines to prevent the flu spreading at its hospitals. (Source: WALB)

    We are heading into the peak of flu season and area hospitals are doing all they can to keep the number of cases down, but it's going to take cooperation from people at home.  

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    We are heading into the peak of flu season and area hospitals are doing all they can to keep the number of cases down, but it's going to take cooperation from people at home.  

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  • Albany doctor sees spike in flu cases

    Albany doctor sees spike in flu cases

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 1:11 AM EST2018-01-09 06:11:40 GMT
    An Albany doctor said the number of flu cases in his clinic has jumped from about five per week to an estimated 20 cases, and said it is not too late to get a flu shot. (Source: WALB)An Albany doctor said the number of flu cases in his clinic has jumped from about five per week to an estimated 20 cases, and said it is not too late to get a flu shot. (Source: WALB)

    An Albany doctor said the number of flu cases in his clinic has jumped from about five per week to an estimated 20 cases, and said it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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    An Albany doctor said the number of flu cases in his clinic has jumped from about five per week to an estimated 20 cases, and said it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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  • Doctor offers advice on how to avoid the flu

    Doctor offers advice on how to avoid the flu

    Monday, January 8 2018 6:03 AM EST2018-01-08 11:03:15 GMT
    Doctors recommended washing your hands and sanitizing as much as possible. (Source: WALB)Doctors recommended washing your hands and sanitizing as much as possible. (Source: WALB)

    Family Physician Cliff Dunn explained that the flu is on the rise in Southwest Georgia and wants the public to be more cautious about their health and that includes making sure they have their flu shot.

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    Family Physician Cliff Dunn explained that the flu is on the rise in Southwest Georgia and wants the public to be more cautious about their health and that includes making sure they have their flu shot.

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  • Health experts see spike in flu cases in SWGA

    Health experts see spike in flu cases in SWGA

    Monday, December 4 2017 9:40 PM EST2017-12-05 02:40:36 GMT
    Health experts are seeing a spike in flu cases in South Georgia --- and they anticipate more cases throughout the winter months. (Source: WALB)Health experts are seeing a spike in flu cases in South Georgia --- and they anticipate more cases throughout the winter months. (Source: WALB)

    Health experts are seeing a spike in flu cases in South Georgia, and they anticipate more cases throughout the winter months. 

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    Health experts are seeing a spike in flu cases in South Georgia, and they anticipate more cases throughout the winter months. 

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