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Glynn County male dies from flu
Health officials confirmed Glynn County's first flu-related death of the year Friday, raising the number succumbing to the virus in Georgia to 50 this flu season.

The victim was an adult male, the Georgia Department of Public Health said. Health officials did not disclose the man's age or say whether he was being treated at the time of his death.

That raises the number of influenza deaths in the eight-county Coastal Health District to three. The other two were reported in Chatham County.

The death in Glynn County comes just as the flu season is winding down.

Health officials say the season has not been as bad as last year and that the vaccine available to clinics and pharmacies worked better than those injected into the body the past.

Younger adults were hit harder because of a surge of swine flu, the dominant flu this year, they said. Hospitalization rates for the flu overall are only about half of what they were last winter.

Health officials said it has been a fairly mild season for the elderly -- usually the most vulnerable group to flu and its complications.

Adults 18 to 64 made up nearly two-thirds of the hospital stays this winter, up by a third compared to other flu seasons.

Even though the peak of the season has long passed, health officials are still recommending that adults and children take precautions against sickness.

Everyday precautions include covering your cough with the crook of the elbow, not your hand, and washing hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Common surfaces like countertops and desks should be cleaned routinely.

Health officials also advise against touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which aids the spread of germs, and urge anyone who is sick to stay home and away from others.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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