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Flu activity still on the rise in Florida

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You’ve probably heard these words a lot this flu season – wash your hands -- but it’s something doctors can’t stress enough with flu activity increasing in the state of Florida.

Nadia Kovacevich from the Florida Department of Health says the increase in flu activity is especially high in people over the age of 65 and young adults.

Children are also at risk with three reported pediatric deaths in Florida this flu season.

"It's so important when the little ones aren't feeling well to exclude them from the childcare centers and schools if possible."

Kovacevich says the virus can be spread through airways as well as the surfaces we come in contact with everyday.

" With influenza through coughing and sneezing through the air it can spread easily, but remember whenever you sneeze or cough it can land on surfaces like your phone or door handles or tables."

Kovacevich says one of the best ways to protect yourself is to get a flu shot – and its not too late to get one.

" The flu vaccine can still be given even in January. Of course it needs time to actually work so if you get it today it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work today, but that's still a tool we have in our toolbox."

If you need a flu shot check out www.floridahealth.gov to find a location near you.

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