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Chatham County woman dies from flu

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Dept. of Public Health announced Tuesday that it has confirmed the first flu-related death in the eight-county area of the Coastal Health District.

An adult female in Chatham County died from the flu. However, there have been 31 flu-related deaths in Georgia so far, according to a news release from the Coastal Health District. The Coastal Health District is made up of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.

 "Although we are getting into peak flu season it is not too late to get vaccinated," said Health Director for the Coastal Health District, Dr. Diane Weems, in a statement "Getting vaccinated is truly the best way to protect against getting the virus."

Flu symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccination.

The Coastal Health District offered these flu prevention tips:

  • Cover your cough by coughing into your elbow and not your hand.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean common surfaces such as countertops and desks.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home and away from others when you're sick.

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