The Collier County Health Department gave out 250 bottles of hand sanitizer and 512 flu vaccinations, Saturday, in hopes of keeping the high number of outbreaks this season from increasing.
Lakeland Hospital also is reporting an increase in different flu strains, Conrad said.
The New York Democrat announced his request to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday. It's not clear why this season - led by the same bug - is so much more intense, some experts said.
Also being mourned is Karlie Illg Slaven, 37, who died on Monday in IN from a flu-related illness after taking care of her two sick children.
"It's got us all nervous, so we definitely rushed to get down here as soon as we could", said Mike Pynnonen, a clinic patient and father of two small children.
That means there is time to guard against contracting the illness or spreading it, she said.
As the flu continues to infect every state across the nation more than 50 have now died in Oklahoma.
"They are not good candidates to be going to a convenience care or a pharmacy for their flu shot". More modest proposals envision a one-shot vaccine that would protect against getting the flu for anywhere from three to 20 years. Last season, about 47 percent of Americans got vaccinated, according to CDC figures. Even a partially effective vaccine provides some protection, she said.
The H3N2 strain is particularly severe for the very young and the very old, as well as for pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems.
Those include a high fever, aches and chills, a stuffy nose and cough. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
Dr. Nirav Shaw is director of the department. A handful of major pharmaceutical companies are supporting universal flu vaccine research, including GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen Vaccines, a division of Johnson & Johnson; and Sanofi.