Doctors see spike in Northeast Florida flu cases

Doctors said they’re seeing a spike in flu cases across the Northeast Florida area.

Action News Jax obtained documents from the Florida Department of Health that show an increase in flu activity in Clay and Flagler counties.

The flu is different from the common cold.

Some symptoms include fever, coughing, fatigue and body aches.

Natasha Pillot said she vividly remembers having the flu and said she thought she was on her death bed.
 
"It was the worst thing I've ever experienced, more so than any cold, respiratory infection or bronchitis, anything," said Pillot.
 
Dr. Mobeen Rathore told Action News Jax the contagious respiratory illness can be deadly.

He said it can cause serious health care problems for the elderly or very young, especially if chronic health care conditions exist.

UNF sent a message to students about several confirmed cases.

UNF confirmed 42 flu cases since November, 2015.

There were 21 cases of influenza between Nov. 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.