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Florida Big Bend expected to see "increasing" flu activity

Posted at 11:54 AM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 11:54:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida's flu season is in full affect, Leon County being upgraded to having "moderate" activity. According to the CDC, that activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Week 47 of Florida's flu season has seen an uptick in cases compared to the previous week.

Within our area, Leon County has been upgraded to "moderate" activity from "mild" activity and is one of only seven counties this week to receive the designation.

Wakulla, Gadsden, Jackson, Hamilton, Suwannee and Taylor counties are all in the "mild" category, though Wakulla also reported one or two flu outbreaks between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23.

Most local counties are expected to see "increasing activity," so don't expect the sickness to go away anytime soon.

So far this season, influenza B Victoria is the most common strain of flu being seen. Typically, Florida sees Influenza A with subtypes H1N1 or H3 as the predominate strain

The CDC recommends getting the flu shot while you can to help prevent contracting the flu. For more information on this report, click here.