Department of Health reports indicate 'mild' influenza activity in NCFL

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According to the latest Centers for Disease and Prevention in-season flu burden estimates, there were at least 6.4 million flu illnesses between October 1 and December 28.

Instead, most of the North Central Florida region is experiencing what they call "mild" activity while Marion County has reported a "moderate" flu level.

In 2018 and 2019, 3,506 people were hospitalized with influenza-associated illness in CT and 88 people died. We don't typically see this many cases until later in the flu season. This has resulted in an estimated 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths, through December 28, the CDC added.

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"These hospitalizations and deaths are a sober reminder that flu is not only unsafe; it can be deadly", said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. At this time last flu season, only 1,729 flu cases had been confirmed. The CDC says flu activity is not only high, but it's been elevated for eight weeks.

Fauci said it's possible this steep rise in flu activity could reverse itself soon, in which case the season wouldn't end up being so severe.

The flu is bad nationwide.

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The number of flu cases is trending up, according to information from the Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. So if you get the shot now you may still avoid getting sick.

Caine says patients who go to their own doctor or a clinic for flu-like illness should receive antiviral treatment, even before any lab confirmation of flu. These steps will also help prevent other respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus.

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