• Flu activity on the rise in Duval, Nassau, Putnam

    By: Amber Krycka, Action News Jax


    Flu activity is on the rise in at least six local counties.

    “I always worry, but I always try to do everything I can, cleaning," Andressa Silva, a mother, said. "Cause when one gets it, all of them get it."

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    This week, the Florida Department of Health said there were three new outbreaks of the flu, and one child died. Duval, Nassau and Putnam counties have seen an increase in flu-like activity.

    “It’s going around,” said Cathrine Switzer, another mother.

    It’s going around in Switzer’s home. Her 14-year-old daughter has been home sick for the last two days.

    “Tired, achy, really just tired a lot, running a fever as well,” Switzer said.

    According to the Florida Department of Health – the majority of outbreaks reported so far this season, and recently, have been in schools, camps and day cares. I

    t’s something that’s always a concern for a mother of young children.

    “My little nephew has a cold right now, a really bad one, his throat,” Silva said.

    At least one Jacksonville hospital report a slight uptick of flu-like symptoms in their emergency room. And health leaders expect an increase in flu activity in the coming weeks.


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