Flu Levels Highest In Arizona In 8 Years

Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department is also registering a decline in cases of the flu compared to last week. Symptoms of influenza are similar to cold symptoms, but come on more swiftly and are more pronounced.

Flu season is usually at its peak between December and January.

Both Dr. Perrett and Dr. Shaw say residents should not panic about the flu but they strongly advise for people to get flu shots if they have not already. She said this "fast" flu season is comparable to 2014-2015, when it peaked around the same time.

Schools have been reporting influenza-like illness as well as confirmed cases in long-term care facilities, and people presenting to clinics with influenza-like illness. In 2015, that number increased, topping 305,000.

"Flu season is in full-swing, and as the number of influenza cases and hospitalizations continue to rise at alarming levels, we must take every action to protect ourselves and our loved ones", he said.

"Any protection is better than none", she said.

Flu vaccine and needle. Do not spread the germs to others.

The Runner reached out to Ash for more information about the update but was unable to contact her. It's what's driving our numbers and keeping them kind of high, I'd say. "We are thankful to our community for their assistance as we get through this season".

"You don't have to wait to schedule anything or wait til the next day", he said. "We want to do everything that we can to assist those who are sick and prevent others from becoming sick". "You need to ensure you are practicing good health habits, especially eating well, getting enough sleep and drinking adequate amounts of fluids". The state health department doesn't release the ages, counties or other details to protect the privacy of flu victims, but many county health departments report flu-related deaths for their counties.

The region has been grappling with two different flu strains.

Public Health officials encourage everyone to get their flu shot and said it's not too late if you still haven't received a vaccination. However, 30 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported across the nation. Anyone feeling sick is also advised to stay home and cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Boulton said even if someone is sick, they should still talk to their doctor about getting the vaccine because it could help prevent them from spreading the disease further. He says it's a respiratory illness, not a stomach bug.

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