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The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.

The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

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A new flu activity summary from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is the highest it has been all season.

Influenza-like illness is expected to continue for several weeks, the report states.

In Georgia, 15 people have died of influenza since the start of flu season.

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Georgia leaders have room for improvement when it comes to preparing the state for public health emergencies, according to a report released Tuesday by Trust For America’s Health.

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While Atlanta's airport is recovering from the effects of the partial government shutdown and city officials are strongly advising use of public transportation, sports fans should watch out for symptoms of illness as flu season is still going strong in Georgia. 

Stay home if you're not feeling well, state epidemiologist Audrey Kunkes said.

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The CDC reports that Georgia has had one of the highest flu rates in the country during this winter. Georgia has seen more than 400 flu-related hospitalizations since the start of flu season in September, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss flu trends in the state and how to prevent illness until peak flu season ends in February.

 


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Influenza has yet to hit its peak in Georgia, but Memorial Health in Savannah is already changing its policies to protect staff.

Only healthy adults over the age of 18 should plan to visit sick patients, and anyone with cold or flu-like illness must wear a mask.

"No one with flu-like symptoms will be permitted in patient rooms," spokesman Dale Hooks said in a news release. "Flu-like symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or upset stomach."

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Another person has died after contracting influenza this season, the Georgia Department of Public Health says.

Both people who died this flu season were in the 65 years and older category, which is an age group considered at high risk for complications and bears the greatest burden of severe flu disease.