LIFE HEALTH-FLU-VACCINE MYO

Here's what you need to know about this year's flu vaccine.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting a flu vaccination. The Coconino County Public Health Services District is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to help protect against illness.

The number of confirmed flu cases in Coconino County is slightly higher than over the last five years at this time. A total of 671 influenza cases have been reported statewide for the 2017-18 season through November 25, with 20 of those being residents of Coconino County. The five-year average for this point in the flu season is 102 cases for Arizona and 6.4 cases for Coconino County.

Reported cases represent only a small percentage of those in our communities who actually have the flu because many people do not seek treatment and testing.

Getting your flu shot now can help protect you from illness. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. It is strongly recommended that everyone 6 months old and over get a flu shot each year.

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In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, good health habits will help you stay well. These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you and others from getting sick:

  • Wash your hands frequently during the flu season.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t share eating utensils, cups, and straws.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Additional information regarding flu vaccinations is available at www.coconino.az.gov/health. Contact your health care provider or call the Coconino County Public Health Services District Clinic at 928-679-7222 or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272.

Matthew Maurer is the Coconino County Public Health Services District Epidemiologist.

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