The first case of influenza for the 2019 – 2020 flu season was confirmed Coconino County Health and Human Services officials on Wednesday. Officials say the person has recovered from the illness.
“Influenza can be a serious disease,” said Thomas Pristow, Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) Director and Chief Health Officer. “Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and then spread it to others. The first confirmed flu cases of the season are an important reminder for everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and to protect others.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6-months old and over get a flu shot each year.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes and can cause death.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, these actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect people from getting sick:
- Wash hands frequently during the flu season.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t share eating utensils, cups and straws.
- Stay home when you are sick.