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Memorial Health Staying Busy This Flu Season

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Chatham County has its first flu-related death this season. The Coastal Health District confirms an adult woman has died from the virus. Further details on the woman are not available.  

Over the past month, the emergency room at Memorial Health University Medical Center has seen an increase in flu cases. Dr. Jonathan Williams said around 40 to 60 people a day, of all ages, are coming in with the virus.

Health professional's stress, the best way to protect against getting the flu is to get vaccinated.

"The common myth is your going to get the flu with the flu vaccine, it can make you feel achy, but this year it has been [going] really well," said Dr. Williams.

Getting that quick prick can save you from feeling worse.

"With the flu, people just feel like they are run down, like they had been hit with a Mack truck everything hurts all over, body aches, fever," said Dr. Williams.

Dr. Williams said the best way to find out if you have the virus is to get checked out. He said the flu can turn deadly when you have other health complications so it's important to monitor your symptoms.

"Dehydration is probably going to be the biggest thing that is going to cause problems. If you can't drink, can't hold things down, that's when you need to be seen right away.

The Coastal Health District's Director, Dr. Diane Weems, said there have been 31 flu-related deaths this season in Georgia.

"It's a little bit unusual this year we have seen a lot of death in what I call middle aged adults. Between the ages of 18 and 64, haven't been the traditional very young, very old," said Dr. Weems.

If you do get the flu, you can help make sure you don't spread the virus to others.

"If you are sick stay home, avoid spreading the flu, cover your cough, and wash your hands frequently if soap and water isn't available use an alcohol sanitizer," said Dr. Weems.

While we are in the thick of the season now there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"Typically by February, March the flu season should be over," said Dr. Williams.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated against the flu.

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