TAMPA, FL – Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 nationwide for severe flu cases, a new report by DoctorsReport.com shows. The report lists 14 areas in the nation where the flu has been most severe using a database of doctor reported cases over the past seven days. Tampa Bay ranks 6th in the list for flu and 8th for a different category of influenza, "Flu A."
In Hillsborough County, the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported by the county’s medical providers remains high, according to the county’s health department. Hillsborough County has reported 30 outbreaks during the current influenza season. Nine outbreaks of influenza were reported in child care facilities/schools and two in long-term care facilities. So far,there has been one pediatric death during the current influenza season in Hillsborough County, health officials said.
Locations are ranked on a severity scale, with 10 being the most severe and zero being the least severe.
The top metro areas for severe flu cases are:
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, 9.5Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, 9.5New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, 9.0Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, 9.0Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN, 8.0Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, 7.5Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, 7.0Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, 7.0Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, 6.5Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, 6.0Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, 5.5Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, 5.0Pittsburgh, PA, 5.0Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, 4.5
Influenza A is the strain of flu that is more common this season. This strain is usually associated with more severe illness in young children and adults over the age of 65.
The current severity rankings for "Flu A" are:
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, 8.5Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, 7.0Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, 7.0Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, 6.0Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, 6.0New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, 5.5Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, 4.5Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, 4.5Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, 4.0Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, 4.0San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, 4.0Pittsburgh, PA, 4.0
Hillsborough County health officials encourage those who haven’t received a flu shot to get one now. "There is no shortage in flu vaccines," said Senior Human Services Program Manager Jylmarie Lewis. "We have a lot and there are many other places people can go to get a flu shot.There are many places that offer the flu shot."
Visit www.flhealth.gov/findaflushot to locate places that offer flu shots. You can also contact your doctor.
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