Flu in Arizona: See record influenza stats broken down across the state

Flu in Arizona: See record influenza stats broken down across the state

Flu in Arizona: See record influenza stats broken down across the state

The report for the week ending December 1 said 22 counties submitted reports; and six counties reported influenza-like illness.

Last week, the GP consultation rate for ILI increased to 20.3 per 100,000 population, up from 6.8 per 100,000 the previous week. ADH noted that it only receives "a fraction" of the actual flu cases, so the overall burden of the illness could be higher.

Tulsa Health Department officials last week in a prepared statement encouraged "all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination".

Influenza is a respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. This is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature.

"If you need to visit your GP or the emergency department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu". In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

"Even if it's not the exact match, it still resembles the flu virus and it will help launch a defense against it", said Isabel Valdez, a physician's assistant at Baylor College of Medicine. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

"Although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread the disease to others", stated the release. Cover your mouth when you cough.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting. She has worked at Peterson Health for about one year.

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