It’s everywhere. That’s what Arizona’s Public Health officials are saying about this season’s flu outbreak. And our state is not alone. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza map below. Every state in the continental U.S. is seeing widespread flu activity!
According to Bloomberg.com, as bad as the outbreak has been so far…..it still might get even worse!
The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans this season is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse.
“Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” says Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”
Fortune.com added, “In the first week of January, the most recent period for which numbers are available, the current iteration of the virus was sickening and sending more patients to the doctor than any time in recent memory. The question for the rest of the flu season is whether levels drop off precipitously, as they do most years, or if the return to school and work following the holidays accelerates the spread.”
The flu has been tough on our state and as KJZZ.org points out…..it still shows no signs of slowing down.
The number of people contracting the flu continues to surge across Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services said the Influenza A strain is sickening most patients.
More than 11,000 lab confirmed flu cases have been reported in Arizona. That number is from the time flu season began in October through the first week of January.
The numbers are staggering in comparison to past years.
If you want to check out the latest flu numbers from our state, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website. And let us know how your community is holding up during this extraordinary outbreak. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!