Predictably Unpredictable

The flu continues to be a hot topic of conversation in our state. The latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) show that we had nearly 1,000 confirmed new cases of the flu last week and there have been almost 25,000 cases in the state this season. In addition, officials report we have seen a staggering 523 flu-related deaths in Arizona over the past four months.

From KTAR News in Phoenix:

Arizona continues to witness one of the deadliest flu seasons in the state’s history, with at least 523 pneumonia and influenza deaths to date.

In the past week alone, Christ added, there have been nearly 1,000 new cases diagnosed. There have also been two flu-related pediatric deaths in Maricopa County.

“We’re seeing a huge numbers of cases, that’s why we like to say the flu is predictably unpredictable,” she said.

If you would like to read more about the flu’s impact on our state this year, check out some of the links below. Once you’ve had a chance to read a few of the stories, share how the flu is affecting your community. Do you believe you’re through the worst of it, or is it still rampant in your neighborhood? Driving conversations around the health issues affecting Arizonans is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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