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Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

Flu is widespread in Arizona, with 2,629 more cases reported than this time previous year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Dr. Stacey Milunich from Penn State Health says the flu season can peak anytime between December and February with some cases as late as May. OH was already on the list.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported over 4,500 influenza cases in the 2016-17 flu season, and this year's number of cases is expected to rise. The CDC is warning of widespread influenza across almost two dozen states. Flu vaccine effectiveness, on average, tends to oscillate somewhere between 40% and 60%; but getting a flu shot is important not just to protect you, but also the people who are most vulnerable to catching the virus, such as older people, children, and people with compromised immune systems.

Experts say getting a flu shot is still a good idea, since flu season could last several more months. "We'd like to have everybody get their flu shots by now to help curb that". Everyone age six months or older is urged to receive the flu vaccine.

There are rising concerns about the flu as Arkansas hospitals and clinics fill up with patients testing positive.

Starting next month, hepatitis A vaccinations would be listed as a conventional vaccine for infants born on or after January 1 this year and who are at least 12 months old, the agency said.

He said flu vaccines lessen symptoms and reduce complications.

For more information about Arizona influenza visit the ADHS website.

Myth: You can get sick from the flu shot.
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While it is recommended you take the shot at the start of flu season, shots can be administered any time.

Flu season begins in October and lasts until May.

Raghu Kasetty, MD of OSF St. Francis said the local flu season will presumably get worse before it improves.

And, as previously, the CDC makes the compelling case the more people who get vaccinated, the more people who will be protected from flu. However, those in high-risk groups like the elderly or the very very young might need to see the doctor and a prescription.