Flu Information and Surveillance Coconino County, AZ
A total of one hundred fifty-three (153) flu cases were reported for the 2019-20 flu season among Coconino County residents
In the United States, flu season is typically in the fall and winter months. The official start of the 2019-2020 influenza season was September 29, 2019. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs.
Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
How To Avoid Getting the Flu
The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. There are many health habits that can help prevent illnesses like the flu: avoid close contact with someone who is sick, cover your mouth and nose, and wash your hands frequently.
One of the most effective ways to not get the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Every flu season is different as the flu virus is constantly changing. Immunizations have been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and the risk of serious complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.
What To Do When You Get the Flu
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
If you have symptoms of the flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc).
High risk groups for serious flu-related complications include: young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.
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