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Florida FLU REVIEW
Season: 2019-20 Week 7: 2/9/20-2/15/20
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ILI Activity Trend:
Week 7 influenza & influenza-like illness (ILI) activity summary:
Activity decreased in week 7 and remained above peak levels observed in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons. Decreases were observed in most regions of the state. Elevated activity is still expected for several more weeks.
Twenty-four outbreaks were reported, down from 29 outbreaks in the previous week. Of the 24 outbreaks reported, 12 were influenza-associated and 12 were ILI.
Two new influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. Nine influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season; only one child was vaccinated for the 2019-20 season.
Influenza A 2009 (H1N1) remained the predominant strain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that people who have not yet been vaccinated do so as soon as possible. It is especially important for people at higher risk for complications (children, adults ≥65 years, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions).
On January 10, 2020, CDC issued a health advisory reminding clinicians to reiterate vaccination and antiviral treatment recommendations (emergency.cdc.gov/han/HAN00425.asp).
In addition to getting vaccinated, the Florida Department of Health 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).
Your flu shot is the first and most important step to fight the flu.To locate a vaccine near you, visit: VaccineFinder.org
Influenza or ILI Outbreaks
Reported as of 2/15/20
County Influenza Activity
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