If you or a loved one hasn’t gotten the flu shot yet, you may want to reconsider. Physicians across Tampa Bay are reporting a higher incidence of flu this time of the year than in years past. Individuals under the age of 18, especially those with weakened immune systems may be more at risk to catch the virus.
Flu reports aren’t just picking up in the Tampa Bay region, they are picking up all over the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So, if you or your children, or an older loved one are planning on traveling soon, there is still time to get vaccinated.
The most common virus is known as the H1N1, and it’s been consistently present for most of the flu season across the U.S., recently, southern states are reporting a pickup in the H3N2 form of the flu virus.
Healthcare practitioners are recommending that there’s still time to get protected for the 2018-2019 flu season.
To track the flu, the CDC has an interactive map that updates in real-time as the flu is reported. You can view it here, www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/.
Things you can do to help avoid contracting the flu include avoiding touching your eyes and mouth, washing your hands with soap, and carry disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer with you.
To read more about the flu in the Tampa Bay area and what you should do when if you’ve contracted the virus, visit www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/doctors-reporting-higher-levels-of-flu-in-tampa-bay-area.