Vaccine still available


Flu season is at its peak, with 42 patients in Gulf and Franklin counties testing positive for the current H1N1 type-A strain. Vaccines are still available at the Florida Department of Health, CVS and area physicians.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

The county is not out of the woods yet.

The typical flu season for the area begins in September, peaks in January and February and begins to taper off shortly thereafter.

The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that influenza and influenza-like illness levels have increased nationwide, particularly in the Southeast region.

While flu levels have been minimal in Florida, 21 counties reported increasing influenza activity within the past week but in no county has the reported cases reached outbreak levels.

Even with mild flu activity in the panhandle, in Gulf and Franklin counties, 42 patients have tested positive for the current H1N1 type-A strain which has predominantly circulated throughout the state.

In Gulf and Franklin, more than 900 vaccines have been administered so far this season. The current vaccine includes protection against this strain and several others.

In recent weeks the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) received reports of severe influenza illness, including hospitalizations requiring intensive care unit care, among pregnant women.

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