Influenza appears to be off to a slower start compared with last year, according to weekly data reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
During the week ending Oct. 16, the most recent data available, three cases of influenza were confirmed in the state, bringing the seasonal total to eight. This represents just a portion of those who may be afflicted with the flu since many cases don’t require doctor contact.
Arizona’s flu activity is listed as “sporadic.” Last year, it was “widespread” at this time. The first influenza case of the season was confirmed on Sept. 28.
School nurses are also reporting much fewer “flu-like illnesses” in students at this time compared with last year.