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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Georgia is leading the nation in the number of flu cases this season.

26 cases have been confirmed so far in the 14 county health district that includes Albany.

Four of those patients required hospitalization.

Public health officials say we're far above the average number of five or six cases typical for this time of year.

 "If you feel you are sick or have the flu, stay home that's one of or big things we deal with our schools and our daycare's and work places having sick employees come to work or send kids to school sick," said Jacqueline Jenkins, Epidemiologist.

The CDC recommends staying at home 24 hours after your fever goes away without fever reducing medication.

The end of flu season isn't until late march or early April, so you still have plenty of time to get a flu shot.

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