YUMA, Ariz. - The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced that the flu is widespread in Arizona with 2,629 more cases reported than last year.
This is considered the highest number of seasonal cases of influenza this early since tests became reportable. In the past two seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays. It can take up two weeks until the vaccine becomes fully effective, so it is recommended to get it before the holidays.
Even if vaccinated, it is recommended to do the following:
-Wash your hands
-Cover your cough
-Stay home when you are sick
-Avoid touching your face
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