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Flu deaths rise in South Georgia

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two additional flu-related deaths in south Georgia, totaling three for the South Health District. Both of the deceased were young adults. So far in Georgia there have been 19 flu-related deaths this flu season.

The first flu death in south Georgia was reported last week.

"Again, we stress the importance of getting your flu vaccine annually," said District Health Director Dr. William Grow. "This is the most effective way to prevent getting the flu. Those that have died in our district did not have a documented flu vaccine, per the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services."

The Department of Public Health also encourages frequent and thorough hand washing to help guard against the flu.

Those who have the flu are also asked to stay home and not go to school.

If you do have the flu, you should be free of a fever for at least 24 hours before going back to work or school.

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