Influenza is widespread in Arizona: It’s not too late to get vaccinated

 Influenza (also known as flu) is widespread in Arizona, with more flu cases being reported this season compared to last year, including two influenza-associated pediatric deaths, according to a press release issued March 15 from Pinal County.  Both pediatric deaths were positive for the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which has been linked to severe illness and deaths in healthy adults and children.
This year’s flu vaccine provides protection against H1N1, and it is not too late for anyone over 6 months to get his or her flu shot. Pinal County Public Health offers flu vaccinations on a walk-in basis at nine clinic locations. Call 1-866-960-0633 or visit the Pinal County website for more information about immunizations.
The county recommends those who are sick with influenza-like illness should stay home from work or school at least 24 hours after he or she is fever-free. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
It is also important to protect oneself and others from spreading the virus by practicing good hygiene, including covering one’s cough and washing one’s hands. Individuals should visit a health care provider immediately if he or she experiences high fevers lasting several days, difficulty breathing, not being able to drink enough fluids or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.

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