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State confirms season’s first flu cases

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 4:16 pm

The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed the state's first two flu cases this season.

Influenza was confirmed via state lab testing in a woman in her early 70s and a man in his late 30s. Both are recovering.

"These two cases are just the tip of the iceberg," said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. "We know that many people who are experiencing the flu right now will never be counted in our statewide flu numbers. These people are doing the right thing: staying home, drinking plenty of liquids and getting well without the need to see their health care provider."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. As always, this year's flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses - an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and an H1N1 virus.

Last year Arizona had 9,837 flu cases and five pediatric deaths.

For more information about the flu in Arizona or where to get flu vaccine, please visit www.StopTheSpreadAZ.org.

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