The flu season is brutal this year — schedule your flu shot TODAY
The flu remained widespread in 46 states as of early January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 30 children have already died from the illness.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the flu death count in Georgia is now at five.
“My message is, if you haven’t gotten a vaccine, please get a vaccine. Also, please get your children vaccinated,” CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who is urging citizens “to take every advantage that you can to protect yourself," told Reuters.
The seasonal vaccine protects against the form of the virus scientists are predicting will be most common during the upcoming flu season.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat and sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea.