Experts Say Florida Has Widespread Flu Activity

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there is widespread flu activity throughout the state of Florida.

Officials say there tends to be a spike in cases of the flu during February, but health experts are encouraging folks to get vaccinated to protect themselves from catching the contagious virus.

According to the Florida Department of Health's website, around 36 thousand people in the U.S. die every year from influenza.

"If you're sick for a day or two with a quick recovery, that's not the flu. With the flu, folks feel terrible for several days, it has a rapid onset and after that folks often feel very fatigued and drained," said Ann Waltz with the Leon County Health Department.

Officials say it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work so, you should get one as soon as possible.

They also say many other states across the U.S. are experiencing widespread flu activity as well.

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