Flu is widespread statewide and locally, state and Coconino County health officials report.
There have been 407 flu cases reported through Saturday of this year, compared with seven to date for the flu season last winter, Coconino County health officials report.
Locally, the infection rates are double the state average for infants and young children through age 4, and for people ages 50-64.
People ages 5-49 are reporting flu here three times more often than the state average.
“Coconino County residents should take heed of our region’s higher flu rates and obtain a flu shot,” said Kimbal Babcock, interim chief of Coconino County’s health department. “Given that flu activity can continue into late spring, getting a flu shot will not only protect you but will help protect others.”
Two children have died from the flu in other counties; none have died here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for all older than 6 months.
Those at particular risk from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include: pregnant women, children age 5 younger, adults 65 or older, those with chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, for example), people in nursing homes or long-term medical facilities, and people who work with and around people at high risk for the flu, such as health care workers and day care providers.
Supermarkets and local pharmacies are offering flu shots, and so is Coconino County’s health department, at 2625 N. King Street.