Information for the Public

Free CME for Flu/Pan-Flu Lectures

The Georgia Department of Community Health is pleased to offer a six-part web-based lecture series on influenza and pandemic influenza to all Georgia primary care physicians. These lectures were designed for both a medical audience and a non-medical audience; members of the general public are welcome to view  them. This series was conceived by the... »

How Dangerous is Flu in Adults?

Flu kills an estimated 23,000 people every year in the United States, almost all during the three or four month “flu season” from December to March.  Ninety to 95% of those who die from flu are over age 65. The risk for death rises substantially for every decade in age beyond 65. The mortality rate from... »

How Dangerous is Influenza in a Child?

The most common adverse outcome for influenza in the pediatric age group is hospitalization. However, this risk is largely confined to the very young, especially children under 6 months of age, in whom the hospitalization rate is approximately 1 in 1,000. By two years of age the hospitalization rate for influenza is no higher... »

When should I see a doctor for flu symptoms?

Summary:  Seek medical care immediately if you have significant underlying medical problems and you develop a flu-like illness (i.e., fever PLUS cough or sore throat) at a time when flu is actively circulating in your community. All people with flu symptoms should seek medical care if they develop breathing difficulty, inability to drink fluids,... »

Why didn’t the doctor test or treat my child for flu?

Summary:      1. Most children who have a flu-like illness do not require antiviral medications  for flu. Children and adults who have a flu-like illness and who have high risk medical conditions should be treated with antiviral medications. For high risk patients who are not hospitalized, these medications should be started within 48 hours of the onset... »

Are Children Restricted From Visiting Hospitalized Patients During the Flu Season Again This Year?

No, at least not to the extent that they were last year. Please check with individual hospitals to determine their policy for the 2010-2011 influenza season. During the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic, all major hospitals in Region G restricted visits by children to hospitalized patients. The reason for this was that children and young adults were the... »

Is the Swine Flu Scare Over?

Yes, it is. 2009 H1N1 “Swine Flu” was the cause of a worldwide pandemic from April 2009 to April 2010. The outbreak is now largely behind us, although the virus does continue to circulate at low levels with seasonal influenza viruses in 2010-2011.  The scare is also over in the sense that we now know that this was... »

Review Article on Swine Flu March 2010

A review article on 2009 H1N1 “Swine flu” is now  available in PDF format for interested readers. The author of the article is a physician at the Medical College of Georgia  in Augusta. This information was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, a national medical journal read monthly by physicians specializing in emergency... »

Misconceptions regarding flu vaccine

Click here for a discussion of misconceptions about the flu vaccine. This is a CDC web page that discusses flu vaccine in depth. »

Google Flu Trends

Google has partnered with the CDC to produce Google Flu Trends. Until now, flu activity nationwide has been tracked primarily through CDC surveillance of visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI). Those data are sent to the CDC for analysis on a weekly basis by “sentinel providers”, physicians who volunatarily report on how many... »

cdc situation overview

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in graphical form in a report called FluView. See the latest update by clicking here.

For an in-depth discussion about the national flu situation this week, click here.