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Health officials monitor H1N1 virus

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Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director. Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director.
The Southwest Georgia Health District Administrative Offices near downtown Albany The Southwest Georgia Health District Administrative Offices near downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia health officials say rising cases of the H1N1 flu virus have not yet moved into the state.

That strain has been sweeping many states in the Southern United States.

Flu season usually peaks in late January or early February.  So if you haven't gotten a flu shot, doctors say you should.

"People still die of the flu in the United States.  36,000 flu deaths, that's a lot of deaths.  So we never want to take flu lightly because people lose their lives every year from it," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director. 

Doctor Grant said children and pregnant women are most at risk for the H1N1 virus.

She said those with flu-like symptoms should isolate themselves from others to prevent spreading.

She said vaccines protect against the H1N1 virus and won't give you the flu.  

 

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