Health

Flu activity is increasing

January 10, 2013

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that Florida is one of 29 states that have been classified as having “high” flu-like activity this year. Influenza activity is increasing nationwide and is most elevated in the southern region of the country.

Nationwide, influenza A H3N2 is the most commonly detected influenza subtype, but Florida had no such cases reported as of the end of 2012.

In its latest report, the Florida Department of Health said that Panhandle, Central, and South Florida regions are showing higher than expected Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in emergency department visits. Escambia County is one of 20 counties that reported moderate influenza activity.

Here is the report.

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  • jeeperman January 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Rumor mill at Baptist among staff is that 90% of the flu patients had received this years (2012) flu shot.
    The CDC miss-targeted the strain. But they dare not publicize that.
    The flu shot is aimed on what the CDC thinks will be the three major strains and that is what the shot is tailored for.
    And yes, you still only have a 60% chance of not getting a flu bug after the shot.

  • Observer January 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Recently heard on NPR that even if the flu shot is of the right strain for the flu you are exposed to, there is only a 60% chance that the flu shot will be effective. I think basic prevention (cleanliness) is a better bet.

  • HazeMotes January 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Will the federal government eventually decide upon mandatory immunizations? Would that be embraced or resisted? Is that a good idea or a bad idea? The precedents are already there (i.e. smallpox and polio), the crisis is now growing, and there are some in the government who have argued that no crisis should be wasted.