Georgia Related Deaths

 

Feb 18, 2011   There have been no deaths due to flu reported in Georgia in the past two weeks, and only 10 deaths since the season began on December 1. Three of the deaths have been in children over age 4, and 7 in adults. No deaths due to flu in children under age four have been reported so far this year.

Some additional information is helpful to better understand these statistics. During routine, seasonal winter influenza outbreaks , approximately 23,000 Americans die due to influenza or its complications. Approximately 90-95% of these deaths are in adults over age 65. Based on the current population of Georgia, we can expect about 575 deaths per year due to seasonal influenza, including 518 adults over age 65.

January 21, 2011  Six deaths due to influenza have been reported in Georgia since October 2010. All of the deaths occurred in December. One of the deaths was in a child, two were in adults under age 65, and three were in adults over age 65. There have been no flu-related deaths in Georgia since the beginning of the New Year.

December 31, 2010.  Five deaths have been reported in Georgia since October 2010, all of them in December. No deaths due to influenza were reported in Georgia in the past week. Three of those five deaths were in adults over age 65 years, and none of the deaths were in children.

December 10, 2010 The first death due to influenza in Georgia for the 2010-2011 season was reported this week. The patient was an adult in the 50-64 year old age group. There have been no reports of  death due to influenza in the pediatric population in Georgia so far this year.

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2009-2010 Pandemic Season

April 29: There have been 68 deaths due to influenza in Georgia residents since the “second wave” of 2009 H1N1 began in August 2009. After falling to zero for four consecutive weeks from late December to mid-January, there were 12 deaths reported in February, 6 in March, and 6 more in April. There were no deaths due to H1N1 reported in Georgia in the past week. The slight increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to H1N1 that was noted in Georgia from late January to mid-April appears to have abated.

March 22: There have been 59 deaths due to influenza in Georgia residents since the “second wave” of 2009 H1N1 began in August 2009, including one death in the past week. After falling to zero for four consecutive weeks in late December/early January, deaths due to flu  in Georgia residents were reported in increasing numbers through much of January and February. That trend appers to have reversed over the past three weeks.

Some additional information is helpful to better understand these statistics. During routine, seasonal winter influenza outbreaks , approximately 36,000 Americans die due to influenza or its complications. Approximately 90-95% of these deaths are in adults over age 65. Based on the current population of Georgia, we can expect about 700 deaths per year due to seasonal influenza, including 630 adults over age 65. The death rate due to H1N1 has been far below these numbers, especially with regard to people over age 65 years.

The South continues to be the only region in the US with significant flu activity. Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are the only states in the continental US still reporting regional activity, and seven additonal states clustered in the South are reporting local activity. The rest of the US is reporting sporadic activity or no activity at all.

Feb 19: There have been 49 confirmed deaths due to influenza in Georgia since Sept 1 2009, including two in the past week. After falling through the late fall and early winter, the graph of weekly deaths was at zero for four consecutive weeks in late December and early January, then deaths began to be reported again. For the past four consecutive weeks, at least one death from influenza has been reported in Georgia. Since H1N1 has accounted for virtually all flu activity in the US over the past 9 months, it is likely that these deaths are associated with H1N1. Similarly, hospitalizations due to flu appear to be on the rise again over the past 4-6 weeks after declining from their September highs. It is not yet clear if this may signal a “third wave” of H1N1 beginning in the Southeast.

Georgia is currently one of only three states, along with Alabama and South Carolina,  still reporting Regional flu activity. All other states are at the lower “Local” level or less. The Southeast appears to be the primary focus for continued flu activity.

Feb 04:  There have been 44 deaths confirmed to be due to H1N1 in Georgia since Sept 1, including one in the past week. There have been only 6 deaths in the past 2 months. Total hospitalizations due to H1N1 stands at 588, including 20 in the past week. Hospitalizations saw a steady decline after peaking in October, but there has been a sustained increase over the last 5 weeks.  It is noteworthy that Georgia and the South East Region are the primary local in the nation for current flu activity.

Dec 10:  There have been 38 deaths due to H1N1 in Georgia since Sept 1, including 2 children age 0-4 years, 6 children age 5-18 years, 2 young adults 19-24 years, 16 adults 25-49 years, 10 adults 50-64 years, and 2 adults over the age of 65. There have been no additional deaths reported since the last update on Dec 5.

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