Fifty-six cases of laboratory-confirmed flu cases were reported to the Arizona Department of Health during the first two weeks of the state flu season, far exceeding the five-year average of 16 cases over that period, officials say.
The current number of confirmed cases also surpasses the 39 reported for the same period last year, a particularly bad season for the state. In fact, the 2017-2018 flu season was tough, started early and spread quickly, said Paula Mandel, deputy director of the Pima County Health Department.
"After the number, we had more flu cases reported to the (Arizona) Health Department than during the pandemic year," said ADHD director Cara Christ, referring to the swine flu outbreak 2009-201
Over 35,000 cases of confirmed flu have been reported during Arizona's last flu season.
"We know that at the Ministry of Health, we only get the tip of the iceberg," said Christ, because not all people with the flu are going to the doctor and not every single case in the lab is being tested for confirmation.
Nationwide, 1,178 people died of influenza and pneumonia in the flu season 2017/18, much higher than the average of 400-700.
Five of the deaths in Arizona were children, including one child in Pima County, where last over 4,400 flu cases were reported season.
Nationally, over 80,000 people died in the St. Flu season, according to the CDC. Over 180 children died and 80 percent were unvaccinated.
In the last flu season, only 57.9 percent of Americans were vaccinated against influenza, compared with 59 percent in the previous year.
Pima County and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated before the end of October.
And despite the rising number of diseases this season, state and local health officials say, they still have to overcome misunderstandings about the virus and the vaccine. Here's what you need to know.
It's almost all year
"Influenza is much worse than a cold," said the Christ of the State. "The flu causes fever, respiratory symptoms, severe muscle pain, tiredness, and you feel as if you have been hit by a truck and are more likely to have secondary infections, especially pneumonia."
The flu season is now almost all year round said the almond of the district. She added that this may be partly due to tests and reports improving. In the past, people with flu in the summer may have been diagnosed differently.
"It's never too early or too late to get the vaccine," she added. "It's the best protection we have."
The virus is particularly harsh for people with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma and COPD. It can lead to pneumonia, which can also lead to infections and death. Older people are particularly vulnerable during the flu season, said Christian.
High fever can also cause severe dehydration. "It can marginalize someone with chronic conditions, whether they're young or old," Dr. Kumar Dharmarajan, Chief Science Officer of Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage insurer.
"Some people's immune systems go overdriven and get septic shock, which is why children die," said Natalie Olendorf, a family nurse at TMCOne.
When one sleeps well, copes with stress, and eats nutrients, his immune system becomes strong, said David Salafsky, University of Arizona Health Director Promotion and Preventive Services
Not yet, everyone gets the vaccine.
Only 69 percent of Tucson's elderly – one of the most susceptible populations to the virus – are being vaccinated, according to the monthly flu surveillance survey of 300 Tucson seniors over 60 performed by Clover Health.
This rate is higher than the national average of 63 percent – but still "on the fly," as Clover Health officials put it.
West Virginia ranks # 1 at 67.5 percent, and Wisconsin comes last at 49.5 percent. The US average is 58.8 percent according to this study.
Many people who have misconceptions about the vaccine "do not have the full picture of why it is important," Mandel said.
The most common argument that health authorities hear is that people think that this is the case, make them sick, or that they get sick even if they are vaccinated.
After you get vaccinated, it takes two weeks for your body to train itself to fend off the virus.
If you are exposed to influenza germs just before or immediately after vaccination, you will still get sick. The CDC recommends that you get the vaccine before the season starts, in early fall.
There is also the possibility that people come with a cold or bronchitis and confused that for the flu, said Olendorf.
Even the flu shot does not contain any live virus, so it can not infect your body, according to health officials. The nasal spray contains a weakened virus that does not make you sick.
In rare cases, however, people show side effects that confuse them for the flu, said Olendorf.
Vaccines are not perfect. For example, the last year's vaccine was 40 percent effective, according to the CDC.
"The difficult part of influenza is really hard to predict (the best vaccine formulation) because the virus circulates, mutates and shifts so you never really know what the flu season will look like and how well the vaccine will work," said Christ ,
But even if the vaccine does not fit perfectly, it can shorten the duration of the flu, alleviate the symptoms and make you more difficult
While healthy young people are less at risk and often protested against the shot, they still get sick and can even die, Olendorf stressed
People also do not know how contagious the flu is, Christ
Avoid spreading germs by washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face and into a tissue or tissue to sneeze into your elbows. If you get sick, stay home if you can. Others are worried about egg allergies, but according to the American Academy of Allergy, asthma and immunology, so little egg protein is used that it is unlikely to cause a reaction. Nevertheless, people should talk with their doctor about what is best, since not all formulations contain eggs.
"We know that the flu can be a killer and that it can be avoided," said Dharmarajan.
If more Englisch: bio-pro.de/en/region/stern/magazine/…2/index.html. "Social responsibility would be to get vaccinations to protect relatives and colleagues."
As an example, Mandel noted that "even if you vaccinate everyone around a baby (who can not yet receive the vaccine) protect the baby, we hope that people will take care to protect others in the community."  The infected can still expose others for up to two days before showing any symptoms.
Margo Chavez, 54, a law clerk at the Public Defender's Office, received her vaccination on October 18, when the El Rio Health Center built a flu vaccination clinic in her building
. She said she was getting one every year because she was a grandchild She often interacts with the public and she wants to do it (19659003) Her husband, on the other hand, does not always get his chance, she said.
"I'm a big man, I do not need him," she joked She lowered her voice: "He'll get one this year," she said.
El Rio said he has been administering 1,800 flu shots in similar clinics over the past three weeks and will continue until early November.
"Last year we did 1,600 throughout October, so we're already beyond that," help Stephanie Gorton, Executive Assistant to El Rio.
Clinics that deliver flu shots to businesses are being advertised by word of mouth, she said. Companies are calling on El Rio to vaccinate its employees.
But Gorton added, "If someone happens to come across one of these clinics, we will not reject them."