Since the beginning of October, Arizona had 56 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported from 10 counties, compared to 16 cases typically seen at this time of year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The CDC recommends that all people six months or older receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible.
For a list of influenza vaccine clinics near you, visit vaccinefinder.org.
The public can track influenza activity in Arizona throughout the season by viewing the Arizona Department of Health Service’s interactive influenza dashboard.
Symptoms of flu include:
- Fever (usually high)
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications that can be very severe.
Complications from the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu can make chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, worse. Healthy individuals with no chronic medical conditions may suffer from complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections or sinus infections that require additional medical treatment.