Arizona’s flu season hasn’t been too bad to this point, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says our state is one of eight that experienced “high” influenza like illnesses over the past week. And the Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS) is worried that the worst may be yet to come!
It could be another recording breaking year in the Grand Canyon State when it comes to flu reports.
The Arizona Department of Health Services recently released its latest influenza case numbers.
So far, 1,400 cases have been reported since the season began in October 2016; that’s up 200 cases from this time last year.
In fact, the state saw 276 new cases this past week.
“We are starting to see a real uptick in flu cases statewide,” said Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona’s Department of Health Services.
According to KTAR-News Radio, if you haven’t received a flu shot yet – it’s not too late.
A doctor said Arizonans should consider getting an influenza shot soon as the state readies for what could be a nasty peak of flu season.
“The strain that has come out this year is one that typically has bad outcomes,” Dr. Terry Simpson told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Tuesday. “It’s the worst of the strains that we’re seeing right now.”
Simpson said Arizona residents will benefit from getting a flu shot even with the worst part of the season so close at hand.
If you are one of the thousands of Arizonans who don’t think a flu shot is necessary or all that helpful, KPNX-TV put together a short video you should see. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
The AzDHS website indicates that every year in the Arizona, on average:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 4,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications; and
- about 700 people die from flu.
Some people are more vulnerable and are at a higher risk for serious health complications from the flu. Those include older people, young children, and people with certain pre-existing health conditions.
If you’re looking for a flu shot clinic in your neighborhood, check out Arizona 211 or Stop the Spread AZ. You can also visit a new website that allows users to track cases of the flu in their area. The website is called – “Flu Near You.”
Let us know if the flu has started popping up in your community and what tips you have for people to help them get through our flu season. Making sure the people of our state have the information they need to stay healthy is another of the many ways we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!