Number of flu cases in Bay County dropping

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to Respiratory Disease Epidemiologists at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, flu activity has dropped for the second week in a row.

However, experts say activity remains higher than peak levels in recent seasons.

Children, adults 65 years and older, and pregnant women continue to be at the highest risk.

No new flu-related deaths were confirmed. So far in the 2017-2018 season, six children have died from the flu in Florida.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week this year's vaccine was 36 percent effective.

Still, officials recommends vaccinations are the best way to prevent serious complications from the flu.

In Florida, influenza A (H3) has been he most common strain. However, influenza B has increased in recent weeks.