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Flu slams Arizona this winter

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Influenza affected roughly 10 times the number of Arizonans over the past year and the end of December versus the same periods in 2016, according to state health officials.

New data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows Arizona registered 7,978 flu cases this year versus just 834 last year. During the final week of December, hospitals and clinics logged a whopping 2,453 cases versus just 282 cases during the same period in 2016.

Officials are advising all health care providers to practice good hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into one's forearm or elbow, and – perhaps the bane of hard-working physician assistants everywhere – burn up a sick day or two and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to co-workers and patients.

ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ recommends fluids, rest and other-the-counter medications to help with symptoms.

Here is a full list of populations that are most vulnerable to the flu:

  • Children younger than 5 years old
  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • People with chronic disease, especially heart and lung disease
  • People with immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV infection
  • Women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery)
  • People younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • People with extreme obesity
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

Weekly RSV and flu reports from ADHS can be found here.

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