12 UF Shands patients died of flu since October

Published On: Jan 09 2014 10:55:19 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2014 08:57:01 AM EST

Florida's top doctors are warning citizens about the flu. Physicians at UF Health in Gainesville announced Thursday that they have seen the number of flu cases and deaths from the flu spike in recent months.

According to UF Health, the spike in influenza-related hospitalizations is similar to the pattern of severe flu cases already seen by the Centers for Disease Control in multiple cities across the country.

UF Health said since late October, their Gainesville hospital has seen more than 150 flu admissions and a dozen deaths from the virus.

Medical experts are especially concerned with the number of younger patients susceptible to this strain of the H1N1 flu, which first surfaced in 2009.

One local doctor says this increase is indirectly related to the coldest months of the year.

"The cold weather probably does not cause an increase in influenza," said Dr. Mobeen Rathore. "When you have cold weather you're staying inside, you're staying close, somebody who has it has a better chance of transmitting it to somebody who's next to them."

The CDC recommends three steps to fight the flu. First, the CDC recommends everyone to get vaccinated against the flu. Secondly, everyday preventative actions will help the spread of germs. The CDC urges people to wash their hands often and make sure to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze during flu season.

Finally, the CDC said people with the flu should stay home and make sure to see a doctor to get the proper medicine to treat the virus.


The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus