Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
The flu season in Georgia begins in early October and can run as late in the year as May. With such a long window of opportunity for contracting the influenza virus, the flu is regarded as one of the nation’s most common illnesses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu-related health complications.
Minimizing opportunities of contracting the flu is as easy as securing an annual flu vaccination– a simple message that will be touted through the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) campaign.
Observed this year from Dec. 5-9, the NIVW annual observance highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccinations during the holiday season and beyond. DPH will join the CDC and other national health organizations in educating the public about the flu vaccination and proactive measures they can follow to protect their health during flu season.
Georgia, along with the southeast and south-central areas of the country, have identified high levels of influenza activity. Early flu activity indicates that influenza A(H3N2) is the predominant influenza virus that has been characterized by public health laboratories in the nation. Influenza A(H3N2) predominant years are often associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in aged 65 years and older and younger children compared to other age groups. It is impossible to predict the timing and severity of the upcoming influenza season, but with limited activity for the last two seasons and decreased population immunity, we are on high alert and preparing for increased influenza activity. That is why we urge all those that are eligible to get up to date with their seasonal influenza vaccine.
While the flu can vary from season to season, the fact remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine.
Influenza and Pneumonia Information
The most recent information on influenza disease, the flu vaccine, and related issues
- Preventinfluenza.org-Information from the National Influenza Summit
- IAC's Influenza information-Information from the Immunization Action Coalition
Information on Influenza Virus Vaccine safety and Availability
Georgia Immunization Program
2 Peachtree Street, NW Suite 13.276
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3158 or 3159
Fax: (404) 657-1463
email: [email protected]
Page last updated 11/3/22