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First case of flu confirmed in Thomasville

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The health department has its first confirmed case of the flu in South Georgia and it's in Thomasville.

Nationwide flu activity has been significantly less this year compared with last year. By this time last year there had been several confirmed cases in Dougherty County, so far this year there's been no reported cases.

Last year the Southwest Georgia Health District had two deaths as a result of the flu. Health officials say there's still time to increase your odds of not getting the flu by getting a flu shot.

"We're known to have outbreaks of influenza up until February even March so there is still time to get your flu shot and be covered for the holiday season and beyond," said Jacqueline Jenkins, Southwest Georgia health District Epidemiologist.

The vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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