Updated:ATLANTA - State health officials are urging parents to get their children vaccinated for H1N1, as they are beginning to see an uptick in cases in one metro Atlanta health district.
District four spokeswoman Hayla Hall confirmed to Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Elliot that a letter was sent to school superintendents in several south metro districts asking them to encourage parents to get vaccinations.
"For the past several weeks, the Georgia Department of Community Health has reported an increase in flu-related hospitializations," said District Four Health Director Dr. Michael Brackett. "We don't have any evidence at this time that the virus has changed."
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In his letter, Dr. Brackett reminds parents that H1N1 vaccines are still available free of charge at many local health departments and are also available at pharmacies.
The letter was sent to school districts in Henry, Fayette, Carroll, Coweta and Spalding counties along with districts in Meriwether, Butts, Pike, Heard, Lamar, Troup and Upson counties.