Flu season at its highest ever

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20, Arizona has seen 2,976 reported cases of flu. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected. Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice about the need for a medical evaluation or treatment with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity. But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March. "CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season". "I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. Three flu deaths were reported in the last flu season that ended in May.

Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

The Hill Country's off-again, on-again winter weather is the prime time to get influenza and be calling work to say you're sick. Limiting the spread of flu helps the entire community, including employers.

"Getting the flu is an terrible experience".

The number of confirmed flu cases in Arizona so far this season is up by more than 750% compared to a year ago.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

Glenda Perez made sure her two young children got their flu shots. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

For two and three-year-old children the vaccine - which is a quick, safe and completely pain-free nasal spray - will be given at their local GP surgery. "We aren't allowed to tell anyone about a patient's health status, so why do we also not have the same right to privacy?"

Avoid close contact with sick people.

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