Jacksonville, FL - Although neighboring Georgia and Alabama are now reporting widespread flu activity, Florida is seeing only isolated small pockets of problems, and no outbreaks.
As of January 8th, the Florida Department of Health reported “mild” flu activity in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Putnam and Marion counties saw a “moderate” level and no Florida counties reported widespread activity.
While overall, this is a quieter flu season than last year, Duval County Health Department Spokesman Charles Griggs says there is still a risk in the next month or two.
“As the weather gets colder, naturally, we do consider that to be the peak of the flu season in January and February,” he says.
And there’s one way health departments across the region agree you can help keep Florida’s flu levels low.
“The flu vaccine remains the most important and effective means of preventing the flu,” says St. Johns County Health Department Spokeswoman Brenda Fenech-Soler.
She says they have a good supply of the shots, which you can also obtain through your doctor or other healthcare providers and retail pharmacies. She says you should also stay home if you feel sick and practice good hygiene.