ATLANTA, GA — Nationwide, the flu season went into overdrive with a spike in the final week of the year. In Georgia alone, six people died from the flu between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. A total of 15 deaths have been confirmed in the state this flu season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide during the last week of December. Government health officials say 2019 total flu cases through Dec. 28 led to at least 6.4 million illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths.

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