• 4 local counties experiencing the worst flu activity in the state

    By: Amber Krycka , Action News Jax

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    Four of the five counties experiencing the worst flu activity in Florida are local, according to the Florida Department of Health.

    The flu is starting to pick up – especially in Putnam County – one of the three worst-hit counties in Florida right now.

    “At least three of my children have recently been sick,” said Stephen Speaks.

    His wife has been working overtime. “My poor wife,” he said.

    According to the Florida Department of Health, the outbreaks were reported in schools, day cares and a nursing facility.

    Of the five counties that are seeing the most activity in the state, four are local including Putnam, Bradford, Union and Columbia counties.

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    The flu also continues to increase in Nassau and St. Johns Counties.

    “You can’t mess around with any of these,” said Jeanette Schrupp who just got vaccinated.

    “I got my flu shot today,” she said.

    Health officials expect an increase in flu activity in the coming weeks. “So crossing my fingers,” said Speaks.

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