Health officials: Now is the time to get a flu shot

Health officials: Now is the time to get a flu shot

PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - The flu season is officially in full swing, and for many, stress factors like the election could be putting their immune system at risk.

The problem is, it's hard to track how many people are actually checking in to clinics or hospitals with the flu.

There have been four confirmed cases of the flu in Pima County this season, and 50 cases in Arizona.

Eleven of those have been in the last week alone.

Cases are only officially reported when people go to the doctor and get tested for the flu.

Last year, Arizona led the country in the number of flu cases.

There were 3,400 cases in Pima County, and 24,000 reported cases in Arizona.

Officials with the Pima County Health Department said it's still fairly early in the season so it's hard to tell how bad the flu will actually be this year.

So far,  it looks like the flu vaccine has been a pretty good match for this particular virus strain.

For those who haven't gotten their flu shot, public health officials say now is the time to get it done.

Flu season can last well into March.

Rancho Vistoso Urgent Care is hosting a free drive-thru shot clinic Thursday at 13101 N. Oracle Road.

It goes from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and is for anyone over the age of 18.

They are also accepting canned food donations to benefit IMPACT of Southern Arizona Community Food Banks.

The PCHD provides vaccines for children at their community clinics.

Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS also offer flu shots, and most insurances cover the cost.

For more information about the flu and vaccines, click HERE: http://tucsonne.ws/2fFyu70

PCHD tips on staying healthy this season:
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly – sing happy birthday twice.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or shirt sleeve.
  • Use a tissue, throw it away and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Skip the quick hug or embrace when greeting your old friend.
  • Flu viruses can spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, by touching something with flu viruses on it, and in some cases through the air.

Click here for a look at flu activity in Arizona: http://tucsonne.ws/2g0LRmC

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