Get your flu shot be­fore it catches you

The Arizona Republic - - Health -

six con­firmed cases be­tween Aug. 27 and Sept. 9.

The flu is a con­ta­gious res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness caused by viruses that in­fect the nose, throat and some­times lungs, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

Symp­toms in­clude fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fa­tigue.

There are two main types — Type A and Type B — that make peo­ple sick and the age groups most af­fected by in­fluenza vary from sea­son to sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the Ari­zona DHS web­site.

A large por­tion of Type A cases were in those 19 to 49 years old and over 65, while a large por­tion of Type B cases were in those 4 or younger, DHS said.

The agency com­piles an­nual statis­tics from Oct. 1 through the fol­low­ing Sept. 30.

A DHS report showed that more than 23,000 flu cases were ver­i­fied in Ari­zona in 2015-16, a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from the more than 12,000 re­ports in each of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons. Re­ported cases in the 2015-16 sea­son in­creased sharply from Jan­uary through March, with more than 2,500 cases re­ported in some weeks, the DHS web­site shows. DHS, on its web­site, said flu shots can greatly re­duce a per­son’s chance of get­ting the flu.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion rec­om­mends get­ting an in­jectable flu vac­cine each year for most peo­ple over 6 months old. It takes about two weeks for the shot to be­come ef­fec­tive. The CDC, on its web­site, rec­om­mends get­ting a flu shot by the end of Oc­to­ber, but said they still can be ef­fec­tive for the sea­son if re­ceived in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

Flu shots are avail­able at lo­cal phar­ma­cies, gro­cery stores and med­i­cal clin­ics. In­surance of­ten cov­ers most of the cost. Many work­places also of­fer flu shots.

Ban­ner Ur­gent Care and Ban­ner Quick Care also of­fer flu shots for $40. A high-dose vac­cine costs $60.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.