We’ve all been there before. One day you feel fine and the next you’ve got chills, body aches, a sore throat, fatigue and you know what’s coming next…..you’re down and out with the flu.
Here’s the bad news for us – the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reports that the flu virus in our state reached “widespread status” this week. From the ADHS website:
“The widespread classification is used when there is an increase in flu and flu-like illnesses and recent laboratory (results) confirmed flu in at least half of a state’s regions.”
ADHS also stressed it is not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one already. It generally takes about two weeks after you’ve been vaccinated for the antibodies to provide you with protection against influenza.
For more on the current flu situation in our state, click here or on the video below to see a recent story from Tucson News Now.
The interactive WebMD cold and flu map shows how hard our state is getting hit right now. We plugged five Arizona cities into the cold and flu symptom checker and found that three cities were listed as having “severe” symptoms while the other two were “moderate-to-severe.”
- Flagstaff: severe
- Kingman: moderate-to-severe
- Phoenix: moderate-to-severe
- Tucson: severe
- Yuma: severe
According to the CDC, anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die and more than 200,000 others are hospitalized every year from seasonal flu-related complications. Despite those numbers, only about half the people in the country typically receive a flu shot.
Now that the flu is “widespread” in our state, let us know whether you are among the roughly 50 percent who received the vaccine or if you opted out. Either way – we’d love to hear why. These are the types of conversations we need to have to reach our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!