Arizona Flu Season Starts: Get Your Shot, Experts Advise

Arizona Flu Season Starts: Get Your Shot, Experts Advise

Arizona Flu Season Starts: Get Your Shot, Experts Advise

By this time a year ago, ADHS had counted 259 cases in Arizona, which ballooned to more than 35,570 for the season, with 1,178 deaths due to flu or pneumonia.

They are the first deaths recorded since the flu season officially began on September 1.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

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The flu vaccine is recommended for Delawareans 6 months of age and older. Unfortunately, the benefit does not seem to extend to other groups who may have compromised immunity, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease, leukemia, H.I.V., or kidney failure.While men and women 65 and older are also at high-risk from complications of flu, boosting does not seem to provide benefits in this age group.

"These are the people that may ultimately get hospitalized", Han said. That's why the CDC advises getting the shot in October. They hadn't received a flu vaccination, according to the state's department of health.

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) - Getting the flu may not only make you feel crummy, it also might land you in the hospital for heart problems. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it". There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester.

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Last season's flu vaccine turned out to be only 40 percent effective.

The virus typically grows active in colder months, and the Department of Health reminded the public of the importance of having a flu shot this season. If you have questions about which flu vaccine is right for you, talk to your healthcare provider.

"I encourage people, even if they don't necessarily want to get a flu shot for themselves, to do it for others, to do it for those they love and those who are in their circle", O'Neal said.

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Wash your hands frequently.

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