Influenza & influenza-like illness (ILI) activity summary:
In week 3, ILI activity was stable statewide and remained similar to levels observed at this time in past seasons.
Most counties reported mild influenza activity for week 3. Eight counties reported moderate influenza activity.
Nine new outbreaks of influenza or ILI were reported in week 3: five with laboratory evidence of influenza and four ILI. A total of 74 influenza or ILI outbreaks have been reported so far this season (see page 14).
No new influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported in week 3. Children, especially those with underlying medical conditions, are at higher risk for complications from influenza infection. Influenza vaccination can be life-saving in children. For more information, see page 10.
While influenza A 2009 (H1N1) remains the most common subtype identified at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories in Florida, influenza A (H3) viruses continue to be consistently identified. Nationally, influenza A 2009 (H1N1) remains the predominant subtype overall; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports influenza A (H3) as the predominant subtype in the southeastern region of the United States. Influenza vaccines are designed to protect against both influenza A 2009 (H1N1) and influenza A (H3) viruses.
It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. People who have not yet been vaccinated for the 2018-19 season should do so as soon as possible. Influenza vaccines are safe and are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and its potentially severe complications.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the Florida Department of Health also recommends you take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (if soap is not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- If you do get sick, stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
View the full report for more information.
Influenza and ILI Outbreaks
Reported as of 1/19/19
County Influenza Activity
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