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Health officials confirm 2 flu deaths in Georgia

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ATLANTA -- Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health have confirmed two flu-related deaths in the state.

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According to the Department of Health, both victims were adults and are the first people to die flu-related deaths in Georgia, this flu season. 

"The holidays bring gatherings with family and friends and increase the likelihood of spreading the flu. Now is the time to get vaccinated, said J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D., director of health protection, Georgia Department of Public Health.

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"The single most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine. Every healthy individual over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine, unless there are underlying medical conditions."

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the flu level in Georgia is still relatively low. And symptoms of the flu include cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever.

In addition, the Department of Health encourages citizens to take a proactive approach when it comes to taking preventative measures to minimize the effects of the flu. 

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