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Record-breaking flu cases reported in Central Florida, health officials say

Local6 logoAccording to Centra Care, the flu is up 200 percent this year and Dr. Scott VanLue at the Port Orange clinic said every third patient he’s seen has tested positive for the virus.

“Most people say they feel like they’ve been hit by a Mack truck. That’s probably the biggest symptom — you feel horrible,” VanLue said.

VanLue told Local 6 that January is usually the height of flu season, but he’s ...

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Doctors encourage flu shot for children ahead of peak flu season

channel 9Two children have died from flu-related complications and one of them was here in Orange County.

Typically in Florida, doctors see just three or four flu death cases each year and are alarmed by the two that have already been reported.

The peak flu season is still around the corner and parents are being urged to vaccinate children over 6 months old.
“We’re definitely on the increase, on the upward slope toward ...

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Two children die of the flu in Orange and Pasco counties

channel 9Two children have died of the flu in Orange and Pasco Counties, health officials announced Monday.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these children,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for health and deputy state health officer for Children’s Medical Services.

Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how certain people are affected by the flu, according to a statement from the state Department of Health.

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Flu season ramps up; Volusia, Flagler reporting mild activity

The Daytona Beach News-JournalEbola has captured the world’s attention, but a more familiar killer is lurking in Volusia and Flagler counties.

…At Florida Hospital’s Centra Care urgent care clinic in Port Orange, doctors saw their first flu case in September. Now a steady stream of patients are coming in, complaining they feel like “they’ve been hit by a truck” — one of the telltale signs of flu, said Dr. Scott Vanlue, one ...

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Fighting the flu with Centra Care #throughglass

Getting sick when you don’t have insurance is just a pain. An all-around, expensive pain. In Central Florida you can get a flu shot pretty much anywhere; your doctor’s office, a walk-in clinic, CVS, Walgreens, Target. Depending on where you go, without insurance, a single shot can cost up to $40! We don’t have $40 just lying around so $40 is a lot of money. What if you’re unemployed and are trying to support a family? The total cost can ...

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With Ebola on minds Tampa Bay area clinics gear up for the flu

wfla-tv-logoAs hospitals across the country gear their staff up to deal with possible Ebola cases, medical professionals believe not enough attention is being paid to the flu, while Ebola grabs all the headlines.

Dr. Gregory Schwaid with Centra Care clinic said, “I am not surprised about people coming in and asking about Ebola, they are seeing it on the nightly news, reaching here and in Africa, so it is only natural to ...

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Rising number of flu cases seen throughout Central Florida

fox35There is a big spike in flu cases throughout Central Florida — especially stomach flu among little kids.

There’s no way you haven’t seen the healthcare workers caring for those with Ebola, however, doctors caution that more concern should be placed on the number of people with the flu.

“When it comes to the flu, it’s a lot more of a threat in the US,” said Dr. Jonathan Schwartzman, associate medical ...

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Ebola in headlines, but flu is bigger worry

Orlando SentinelEbola has grabbed national headlines in recent weeks, but it’s the time of year when people should be more worried about the flu.

Though Ebola’s risk to the general public is low, “we shouldn’t forget that there are many viruses that cause illnesses and sometimes death in Central Florida every year,” said Dr. Vincent Hsu, Florida Hospital’s infection-prevention director. “So don’t neglect the flu shot,” Hsu said.

There’s no telling how the ...

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Doctors say flu virus is hitting central Fla. hard

channel 9It may seem early, but the flu is already hitting central Florida hard.

Last week, there were 94 confirmed cases of the flu in local clinics. That’s up from around 60 cases during the same week last year. A doctor told WFTV’s Jeff Deal the worst is still to come.

CentraCare said for this time of year, the numbers are high, with people walking into clinics and testing positive for the flu.

“Well ...

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Experts say chances of Ebola in Central Fla. are slim

ebola story weshWhile local doctors are taking extra precautions, health experts say the chances of Ebola showing up in Central Florida are slim. [View full story]

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