Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed the death of an infant due to influenza. The infant was too young to be immunized.
“This incredibly sad case reminds us that even though the flu is common, it can cause serious illness and even death,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “This is a tragic reminder that anyone who is able to get the flu shot should, not only to protect themselves, but to protect those around them who are most at risk of severe disease and death from the flu.”
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reported today that influenza cases in Arizona have tripled compared to previous seasons at this time with more than half of reported cases this season in infants, children, and adolescents. So far this flu season 950 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been reported compared to 290 cases for the same time period in 2018. All counties in Arizona have reported influenza cases.
The seasonal influenza vaccine is available at the Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) Clinic in Flagstaff.
Flu shots are available beginning Monday, Sept. 23 at the CCHHS Clinic, 2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff. Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted as availability permits. Call the CCHHS Clinic at 928-679-7222 to make an appointment.
Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials announced that two cases of influenza have been confirmed in Coconino County. These cases are the first reported in Coconino County for the 2018 – 2019 flu season. The individuals have recovered from the illness. The reported cases prompted Public Health officials to remind citizens to receive the flu vaccination (flu shot).
The 2018-2019 seasonal influenza vaccine is now available at the Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) Clinic in Flagstaff.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first step in protecting against flu viruses. It is strongly recommended that everyone 6 months old and over get a flu shot each year.
The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is offering free flu shots from 9 - 11:30 a.m., Feb. 7, at the CCPHSD Northern Region office, 467 Vista Ave. Page, Ariz. No appointment is needed.
Influenza (flu) is still at elevated levels in Coconino County. Health Officials recommend that individuals who have not received a flu vaccination get one now. Getting a flu shot can reduce the risk of getting the illness and lessen the severity of the symptoms and complications associated with the flu.
Pinal County has continued to receive reports of historically high numbers of influenza cases in the community. So far, Pinal County has more than 1,000 cases reported this season, more than last year. Currently there are eight recorded deaths related to flu. The deaths are concentrated in members of the public over 50 years of age.
The Arizona Department of Health Services released data today that shows influenza activity continues to rise statewide. There have been 11,515 cases of influenza reported this season, with 2,455 reported between December 31, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Compared to the 2016-2017 flu season, there were 1,109 total cases and 275 weekly cases reported for the same time period last year.
Influenza activity is at record levels in Arizona and there are several hospitals statewide experiencing long emergency room wait times due to the increased number of sick Arizonans. Arizona Department of Health Services advises everyone to get vaccinated immediately.
After consulting with healthcare and public health partners, the Arizona Department of Health Services is advising ill people to only seek emergency medical care if they are at high risk for serious complications or are experiencing severe symptoms.