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Flu cases in Arizona nearly at level of 2009-2010 pandemic

Flu cases in Arizona nearly at level of 2009-2010 pandemic

Since September 1 of past year, there have been 19 flu-related deaths, 144 laboratory-confirmed influenza A cases, and 286 cases of influenza B in London and Middlesex County. Most deaths occurred in people aged 65 years and older.

Those who have not yet received a flu shot this season are encouraged to do so, since flu activity can last as late as May.

Palmetto Health Richland will use a "temporary mobile medical unit" starting Thursday to help expedite patient discharges, said Tammie Epps, spokeswoman for the hospital.

"Getting an annual flu shot decreases the risk of getting the flu".

"Becuase there are multiple strains of the flu, it is possible that someone might get sick with an influenza A strain earlier in the year, and then perhaps get an influenza B strain later in the year", he said.

"The 10 percent vaccine effectiveness (VE) figure reported in the news is an Australian interim estimate of the vaccine's benefit against one flu virus (the H3N2 virus) that circulated in Australia during its most recent flu season", the website states. Dr. Rickey says along with other viruses, there are several different flu strains now going around. "What we know is that every flu season needs to be taken seriously, and we all need to do our part to prevent the flu in our community".

Last year, the local health department administered about 375 shots, and this year they have already given 500 vaccines. Mondays and 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Smith said that though patients who have gotten their flu shot are still getting sick, the vaccine is still your best defense against the flu.

They recommend staying home from work, school and other public places if you are ill - at least 48 hours after you've been fever-free without the aid of medication. In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; try to avoid close contact with sick people; get plenty of sleep and exercise; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods.

Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones and faucets.


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