Georgia Seeing Increase in H1N1 Hospitalizations
The CDC reports an increase in H1N1-related hospitalizations in Georgia and a few other southeastern states, particularly among adults with certain chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, COPD, heart disease).
In the past week, Georgia has reported 40 hospitalizations with laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 illness. This is the third straight week that the state has had the highest number of H1N1 hospitalizations in the country, and the number of hospitalizations appears to be rising.
Alabama and South Carolina are also reporting regional H1N1 activity, while eight other states are seeing local activity.
Federal health officials again urged adults, especially those with underlying health conditions, to get vaccinated against H1N1.