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Do you have a high risk of severe influenza complications?

By | August 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has always been clear on who should get a seasonal influenza vaccine when it becomes available each year: everyone 6 months and older. For some people, though, the risk of having severe complications is higher than it is for the rest of the population, the CDC reminded [...]

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With cases increasing, it isn’t too late to get your influenza vaccine

By | May 19th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like COVID-19 has proven to be, seasonal influenza is predictably unpredictable. Case in point: Arizona is currently seeing increasing numbers of influenza cases much later than the five-year average shows, though overall numbers for this flu season aren’t as high as some recent seasons. Other states are seeing a similar trend.  COVID-19 and influenza share [...]

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Now is the time to get vaccinated against influenza

By | December 7th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

A year ago, the precautions so many Arizonans took against COVID-19 - staying indoors, avoiding large groups, and wearing masks - also helped protect against the flu. There were fewer flu cases in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many Arizonans have returned to their pre-pandemic routines, [...]

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Arizona Public Health System Preparing to Respond to Additional Cases of COVID-19

By | February 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been closely monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, and local level. Mitigating the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can cause symptoms ranging from mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia, is a high priority. While only one case has been reported in Arizona [...]

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One Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Reported in Arizona; Health Officials Monitoring Outbreak

By | January 27th, 2020|Preparedness|

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that a Maricopa County resident has been diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The confirmed case is in a person who recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China. The case is a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live [...]

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CDC Releases Interim Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Report

By | February 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performs studies each year to determine how well the influenza (flu) vaccine protects against flu. They recently released the 2018–2019 interim influenza vaccine effectiveness results that highlight how the vaccine helps to protect our communities from the disease. Overall, the vaccine was 47% effective in preventing individuals [...]

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Reported Influenza Cases Reach H1N1 Pandemic Level

By | January 31st, 2018|Preparedness|

If you haven’t been vaccinated, protect yourself by getting your flu shot today. Just like putting on your seat belt, getting vaccinated can save you a trip to the hospital. If you or your children are sick with influenza, take precautions like staying home when you’re sick and covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. [...]

Arizona Hosts the Second Annual “Protect You and the Zoo from Flu” with Wildlife World Zoo

By | November 16th, 2017|General|

On Saturday November 18, ADHS and Maricopa County Department of Public Health join in a new partnership with the Wildlife World Zoo to host a free influenza vaccine clinic accompanied with outreach on disease prevention. Last year at the Phoenix Zoo, the “Protect You and the Zoo from the Flu” event was successful in allowing public health officials to [...]

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Influenza Is Here So It’s Time to Get Vaccinated

By | November 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

The 2017–2018 influenza season has arrived in Arizona! Since the beginning of October, Arizona has had 92 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported from 10 counties, compared to 20 cases at this time last year. This means if you and your family haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, now is the time. The influenza vaccine is the best [...]

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases in 2016 – Measles, Flu, and Hib

By | October 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

The 2016 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Annual Report was released by the Office of Infectious Disease Services this past week. It highlights five vaccine-preventable diseases that disease detectives track and monitor, tasks that are critical to help identify cases and reduce further spread to others. This report covers the largest measles outbreak in the nation for 2016, [...]

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