Arizona flu season: State confirms first case of influenza

PHOENIX - Arizona has confirmed its first case of the flu this season.

The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health said the child did not receive a flu vaccination, was infected with type B and was never hospitalized.

Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, said he didn't know how bad the flu season will be.

"We do know that the best way to protect ourselves and those around us is to get our flu vaccine," he said.

Four children died from influenza last year in Arizona; however, none of the deaths were reported in Maricopa County.

This year's vaccine will protect against four different flu viruses, including two A strains (H3N2 and H1N1) and two B strains, said Maricopa County officials.

The county reported 5,600 lab-confirmed cases of the virus last year.

Flu deaths involving adults are not individually reported to the state, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older receive the flu vaccine.

It is important to maintain proper hygiene, including covering your cough or sneezing into your sleeve, and then washing hands regularly.

View StoptheSpreadAZ.org for symptoms of the flu and tips to prevent it

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