TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Most counties in Florida reported increasing flu activity in the final week of 2019, according to the latest data from the state’s Department of Health.
Florida Health released its latest weekly flu report on Thursday. The report reviews flu activity from Dec. 22 through Dec. 28.
According to the report, “activity increased and remained above levels observed at this time in previous seasons.” The report also says elevated flu and flu-like activity was observed in all regions and in “higher risk” groups.
Almost all Florida counties reported seeing increasing flu activity last week. The 13 counties that did not report increasing activity reported hitting a plateau in activity.
Health officials are reminding everyone it’s not too late to get your flu shot.
“Flu shots take up to two weeks to become fully effective so it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce your chances of getting the flu this season,” the DOH said. “Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and its potentially severe complications, and it is especially important for people at higher risk for complications.”
If you’re interested in getting the flu shot, you can find a location here.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also offered the following tips to protect yourself:
- Stay away from anyone who is sick with the flu
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water
- Try not to touch your mouth, nose or eyes to help keep germs from spreading
- Clean surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them using hot, soapy water or a household cleaner
If you have the flu, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.