Flu activity rising in Northeast Florida, Health Department says

Flu activity rising in Northeast Florida, Health Department says

The Florida Health Department says flu activity is increasing in five local counties.

The latest report shows flu activity is on the rise in Nassau, Duval, Baker, Columbia and Putnam counties.

The report says activity in Union, Bradford, clay and St. Johns appears to be plateauing.

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According to the latest report, Putnam is the lone county in the state where activity is described as "elevated."

Activity in Duval and Clay is considered ‘moderate' right now. While flu activity in Nassau, Baker, Columbia, Union, Bradford and St. Johns, is considered ‘mild.'

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We sat down with a local doctor to learn what you need to do to keep your family safe.

"People are getting the flu because they don't get immunizations," said Dr. Girijia Chandran.

She tells us children are more susceptible to the illness. That's why she recommends people six months and older get vaccinated.

"So, they get the complications like pneumonia, and that's the main thing we worry about," she said.

She encourages maintaining good hand hygiene and sneezing into your elbow. Doing so, she says, could save a life.

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