by: Diana Davis Updated:
ATLANTA - The State Health Department says two adults in Metro Atlanta have died from the flu this season.
The CDC's first flu briefing of the season has the CDC once again emphasizing the need for flu shots, not only for adults but all children over the age of
According to Dr. Anne Schuchat,
The CDC admits the flu vaccine is not perfect. It protects only about 60 percent of those vaccinated, but it remains the best protection.
Schuchat said, "One day we'll probably have a really, really super-duper vaccine with high effectiveness in the most vulnerable, but today we don't. The vaccine we have right now can save lives and prevent hospitalizations."
What's expected this flu season is too soon to determine. The CDC said so
Even with only scattered flu activity in Georgia, the two just-reported as deaths are a reminder of how serious the flu can be.
"And this is something many people don't seem to realize. They think of the flu as a bad cold, and that's not the case. The flu is much more serious. We lose anywhere from 28,000 people per year in the United States to the flu," said Patrick
Health experts claim that the reporting of flu cases always lags a couple of weeks, so the number of cases could go up quickly.