Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?
28 December, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Lynne Higgins
The flu is made up of various strands of the virus and, another round of the flu is about to descend.
According to the CDC, there have been almost 14,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season. It can cause mild to severe illness and can lead to hospitalization and death.
It's the first time more than 1,000 influenza cases were seen in the county in a single week, and is about four times more than the week before, according to Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, the county deputy public health officer.
In the 2014-15 flu season, which resulted in a recent high of 97 fatalities, there were around 600 cases and no fatalities at this point.
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"This season, influenza A viruses have been most commonly identified, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating", she wrote.
Flu is widespread in Arizona, with 2,629 more cases reported than this time previous year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This year's flu arrival is "eerily similar" to last year, said Dr.
Kasetty said people should also contact their health care providers as soon as they notice symptoms of influenza, as medical treatments for the flu are most effective when started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
And an important reminder: Stay home if you are sick.
People who haven't received flu vaccines, particularly those at risk for complications related to flu, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, still have time to get vaccinated.
Public health experts widely recommend that you get the flu shot every year, even though its effectiveness may vary.
"The manufacturer has provided Trivalent influenza vaccine for infants 6 months - 35 months to cover the gap not met by the current stock of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine approved for persons 3 years of age and older".
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"The seasonal influenza [flu] vaccine costs of $10.00 per shot [for both adults and children aged 3 and up]". You need to take them very quickly though.
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