BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the weekly Florida Flu Review for January 21-27, two more children have died from complications from the flu. This brings the total number of confirmed children flu deaths up to five in Florida.
According to the report, the two children who died during week four were both unvaccinated children with no known underlying health issues. The report also says all five children who have died in Florida were unvaccinated.
The report also says flu activity is high and has increased sharply for the third week in a row. Flu activity is at higher levels than at the highest points in previous flu season.
Deaths due to pneumonia and the flu were slightly higher than expected during week four. The report says more deaths are expected during the coming weeks.
The report says most of our area is seeing some sort of outbreak and activity is increasing.
In Jackson County, a long-term care facility reported 25 residents sick with flu like symptoms. Two residents were hospitalized due to their illness.
In Liberty County, a school reported 14 students and one teacher with flu like symptoms. A daycare also reported 15 students and five staff members sick. Of those at the daycare, one person went to an emergency department and another was hospitalized as a result of their sickness.
In Washington County, an assisted living facility reported three residents and three staff members sick with flu like symptoms.
The Florida Department of Health recommends sick people stay home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours. They also say if you have not received a flu shot yet, you should. To find a flu shot near you go to this website.
The weekly flu report is attached to this article.