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Flu Cases Rise In Tampa Bay Area

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If you, or someone you know is suffering from the flu, you're not alone. Influenza type "A" is making the rounds across the state and the Bay Area. Florida is among 41 states where flu activity is widespread.

At Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Dr. Clinton Holder, an infectious disease prevention specialist, said many people are not protected from the flu. "People aren't getting their flu shot. And they're readily available" said Dr. Holder, who added, it's not too late to get one.

At the St. Petersburg Hospital, patients that show up with flu symptoms are isolated in order to keep the virus from spreading. "We immediately put a mask on them, and take them out of the waiting room, get them into an examination room by themselves where they can be seen by the health care providers" said Dr. Holder.

Staying home from school or work, is the kind of advise health professionals are giving out. Radio commercial executive Judy Wickwire hasn't been doing that as she fights the flu. "I've been trying to struggle through and that's probably the problem, because we're all trying to work, and we're all infecting each other" she said.

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