Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

28 December, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

Right now, the flu is spreading fast and hard.

The number of categorized states jumped from just 12 the week before.

The state has confirmed 79 cases of the flu as of December 9, a 33-person increase from the previous week, according to a Delaware Division of Public Health flu surveillance report.

At least 10 states, including SC, are seeing high influenza levels already. I'll take this opportunity to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about the flu vaccine.

While the nation is seeing a sharp increase in flu activity, health experts warn this year's flu vaccine could be as little as 10 percent effective. This year's flu arrival is "eerily similar" to last year, said Dr.

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"It's always a good idea to get it - it doesn't have to be flawless", Hafiz said.

The flu doesn't discriminate as to who it will infect, which is why it's important to make sure your workforce is prepared for flu season - which is now in full force.

Myth: There's no point in getting a flu shot if it's later in the flu season.
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"Each one of those outbreaks is obviously disruptive and frustrating for everyone concerned, and unsafe for the residents of those facilities, but on what we're expecting, it's still telling us that this is early in the flu season", she said.

This is shaping up to be a nasty flu season.

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It's also wise to not attempt to self-diagnose - "Unless a doctor told you that you have the flu, you can not jump to that conclusion". "The Department for Public Health is strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers about getting the vaccine". "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold".

The Department of Health is reminding you that you can get your flu shot at a Government clinic or through some private physicians.

"Even that's better than not having any protection".

Most people will recover from the flu in a few days to less than two weeks.

And clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

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The good news is that it is not too late to get the vaccination.

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