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County officials urge everyone to get flu shot

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TUCSON - Local health professionals urge everyone to get their flu shot in light of widespread activity in a number of states.

There have been more than 380 lab-confirmed cases of influenza reported in the past week, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Maricopa and Pima counties lead the state in flu numbers.

Pima County has a total of 175 cases while 580 people have been confirmed with influenza in Maricopa County.  

Those most vulnerable to contracting influenza are older adults, small children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control advises everyone 6 months of age and older to receive an annual flu shot.

The Pima County Health Department has tips to protect yourself:

  • The flu shot is always the best way to protect yourself and your family.
  • It is never too late - as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it is not too late to get vaccinated.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

More info: http://webcms.pima.gov/health/education_and_outreach/flu/

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