We’re Number 1!

Arizona is currently the top dog, the big cheese, numero uno in the poll. Problem is….we don’t want to be.

The latest flu numbers are out and our state posted the highest influenza rate in the nation over the past week.  Check out the the flu map below courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There’s only one red state right now – and that is us! (the other red area is Puerto Rico)

flu_map

From azcentral.com:

Arizona had 1,600 cases of flu reported in the past week and currently has the highest level of influenza-like activity in the country, according to state and federal health agencies.

The 1,600 number was particularly high, said Jessica Rigler, bureau chief of epidemiology and disease control for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

According to Cronkite News, “Every week, Walgreens ranks the top ten states and cities for flu activity, and for the past three weeks, Arizona has ranked number one. Phoenix and Tucson now rank third and fourth respectively compared to the rest of the country.”

So, what’s going on and why are we sitting at the top of the nation’s flu list? A story in the University of Arizona’s Daily Wildcat suggests that the biggest difference in our state this year is timing : “This level of flu usually occurs about four weeks earlier in the year.”

As we mentioned in another blog we wrote on the flu a little more than week ago, it’s 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.

The next time we talk about Arizona being number one, we don’t want it to have anything to do with the flu. We want it to be about Arizona becoming the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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