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  • First confirmed flu case in Pima County indicates start of flu season

    Oct 21, 2016 | Read More News
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    get your flu shotCounty and State health officials confirmed the first flu case of the season in Pima County. The case involved an adult who visited their doctor after becoming ill. The individual did not require hospitalization and has since recovered. Officials say because this person had not traveled out of the County in the time leading up to the illness, it's an indication that the virus has begun to circulate in our community.
     
    "This is our first indication that flu is circulating in our area. If there are people that have been putting off getting their flu shot, now is the time," said Dr. Francisco García, Director of the Pima County Health Department. "The flu vaccine is safe, simple, and the single most important way to protect ourselves and the people around us now that flu season has begun.”
     
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine. Last season, Pima County reported more than 3,400 confirmed cases.
     
    The Flu virus spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing, touching something with flu virus on it, and in some cases through the air. While the flu shot is the absolute best way to prevent the flu – you can take other important steps to take to protect yourself and others from becoming ill:
     
    Wash your hands often. Viruses like the flu can live and spread on surfaces that we touch.
    Always cover you cough. Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
    Stay home when you are sick. Keep kids home from school and other activities until symptoms go away.
     
    The easiest way to get a flu shot is to visit your healthcare provider. Many pharmacies and health clinics also offer the vaccine by appointment or walk-in. Pima County Health Department Clinics can also provide vaccines for children and adults. Find a clinic near you by going to PCHD's website
     
    For more information about the flu and its symptoms or where to find a flu vaccine in Arizona, please visit StopTheSpreadAZ.org.