He said they’ve seen a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms this week compared to last week throughout the hospital system’s 11 Georgia facilities.

The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks. 

The increase could possibly be explained by fewer children getting flu vaccinations. 

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta said there has been an increase in flu cases in children this season. Confirmed child flu cases at CHOA hospitals have more than doubled over the past few weeks from an average of 12 percent to 28 percent. 

More than 300 people have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according to department officials. The five people who died were all elderly and at least three had underlying medical conditions, DPH Director of Communications Nancy Nydam said. 

Hardy said the staff is asking anyone with flu symptoms to not visit the hospital “for the safety of our patients.”

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