"It's also important for all of us to do the simple things like washing your hands, coughing in your sleeve to try and protect those who are at high risk" Shabab said.
She said getting that yearly flu shot is your best weapon.
"We don't know what's going to happen here", he said.
"I think that just reflects who gets swabbed", Shahab said. "While it's imperfect, if you have a common disease with substantial morbidity and mortality, you prevent a lot of cases", says Richard Zimmerman, a flu epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning.
It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain.
This flu season is beginning earlier than the previous couple of years, which had unusually late starts. "This year in Australia, it looks like it's about 10 percent".
"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said.
It's recommended for most everyone six months and older.
The vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective against H3N2 - something researchers say was caused by a mutation that occurred in the strain while creating the vaccine.
The Health District keeps a list online of pharmacy and drugstore locations where flu shots are available. "That is absolutely false".
Patel said all three of these targeted flu strains bring about pretty much the same flu symptoms: abrupt onset of fever, head and body aches, fatigue, extreme stuffiness and sore throat.
There are many varieties of the flu vaccine.
To help make the flu shot experience easier, officials advise that individuals can take Tylenol or ibuprofen if they experience mild side effects from the vaccine, which typically last a day or two. "Most people have no reaction at all, other than mild soreness in the arm where the shot was administered".