Officials with the Florida Department of Health are encouraging people to get a flu shot after a recent uptick in cases of H1N1."The activity had been rather mild and in the last week it has increased dramatically," said Barry Inman, an epidemiologist with the Brevard County Dept. of Health.Inman said the department has been receiving reports of influenza cases from local hospitals, private physicians, and laboratories. Some patients are in critical or serious condition. State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong was available to the media as he received his flu shot in Marion County.The photo opportunity was an effort to encourage all Floridians to get vaccinated.On January 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported twenty-five states were reporting widespread levels of flu activity.
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