Health officials are sending a warning to South Florida: Cases of the flu could spike before they decline.
News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say this is an especially difficult season. While there is typically a pinnacle reached in February, this year continues to increase in every state throughout America.
A South Florida doctor described what is happening in the Sunshine State with flu as “epic proportion.”
Hospitalization due to the flu is at a reported all-time high in Florida. The most serious cases usually involve Influenza B, or the H1N1 virus, both of which have proven they can be deadly.
Doctors urge everyone to pay attention to symptoms. They can include, but are not limited to:
- High fever
- Body aches
Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, or health-compromised are especially at risk for complications including death from flu. But anyone with flu-like symptoms should be ready to see a doctor if symptoms elevate or persist.
In Florida, five children are confirmed to have lost their lives due to the flu. Nationwide, 53 children have died from this season’s flu.
Health officials estimate an average 20-week flu season would mean several more weeks of high activity. They say it is not too late to get a flu shot.