In response to influenza rates, the Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is offering free seasonal flu shots at it clinic in Flagstaff while supplies last.
As of Jan. 20, the total number of confirmed Coconino County flu cases was 527, compared to the five-year average of 109.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. Complications can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. These complications can cause death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone above six months old, especially for:
•Children under 5 years, especially younger than 2 years
•Children with special health care needs
•People 50 years and older
•People with certain chronic medical conditions
•People in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
•Health care workers
•Household contacts of high-risk persons
•Household contacts with and care providers for children under 6 months of age
Some good health habits will also help you stay well:
•Wash your hands frequently.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
•Avoid contact with people who are sick.
•Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
•Don’t share eating utensils, cups and straws.
•Stay home when you are sick.
For more information, visit www.coconino.az.gov/health. Schedule an appointment through your health care provider or call the CCPHSD Clinic at 928-679-7222 or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272.