Arizona Flu Update

Man_FluAre Arizonans finally past the worst of this season’s flu outbreak? New numbers indicate we might be heading in the right direction. Arizona Public Media is reporting that new flu cases have dropped for two straight weeks.

The worst of an influenza outbreak may have passed in Pima County and statewide.

Numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services show a flu cases have decreased since peaking the first week of 2018.

“We’re getting close to about 2,000 confirmed cases of flu, but we’ve seen a trend over the last week that we may actually be slowing down a little bit,” said Pima County Health Department Deputy Director Paula Mandel.

Good news, but the fact that our flu numbers are trending down doesn’t mean we’re in the clear. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reported 1,200 confirmed flu cases in Arizona last week bringing the season total to 16,590. To put that into perspective, it’s almost 15,000 more cases than we had seen at this same time a year ago.

Below are a number of flu related stories from the past week. We encourage you to read them and then let us know if the flu is still hitting your neighborhood hard or if you’ve seen a drop recently. Driving meaningful dialogue around the health stories 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!

Flu Cases Down in Pima County, Statewide

Tough flu season: virus can last longer than usual

How the flu turns deadly

Flu Virus Can Trigger A Heart Attack

Fierce, deadly flu season still not peaked, CDC says

Flu widespread across US for third straight week

US flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

Bad Weather, Flu Contributing To U.S. Blood Shortage

A world without flu? It’s possible

Get your flu shot


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