This flu season, H1N1 or the Swine flu has been the most common strain reported here in Florida.
It has been blamed in the deaths of two people in Pasco County.
The most recent was confirmed in a man on December 9th. The other case, involved 27-year-old Holly Harrelson of Dade City.
She died last month after enduring, in her words "pure misery."
"We held her hand talked to her begged her to fight, we prayed," her father Tim Harrelson said.
Dr. Moise Carrington says these cases are examples of why we should take H1N1 seriously.
"It is potentially worse than other strains because its one of the newer strains and we're less immune to it," she said.
Prevention starts with the old tried and true method of hand washing.
"Influenza can live on your hands and door knobs and surfaces for 2 hours and can transfer to other people," she said.
Covering up a cough or sneeze is another must. Then comes the flu shot.
"Everyone above 6 months old should get flu vaccine," she advised.
Current vaccines cover H1N1 as well as previous strains, which could also prove deadly especially in those with higher risk.
Like young children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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