Get your flu shot before it catches you
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.