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Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials announced that two cases of influenza have been confirmed in Coconino County.
Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials announced that two cases of influenza have been confirmed in Coconino County. These cases are the first reported in Coconino County for the 2018 – 2019 flu season. The individuals have recovered from the illness. The reported cases prompted Public Health officials to remind citizens to receive the flu vaccination (flu shot).
“Influenza can be a serious disease. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and then spread it to others. The first confirmed flu cases of the season are an important reminder for everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and to protect others,” said Marie Peoples, CCPHSD Chief Health Officer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first step in protecting against flu viruses. It is strongly recommended that everyone 6 months old and over get a flu shot each year. Flu shots are available at the CCPHSD Clinic, 2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff, Monday - Friday, 8 – 11 a.m. and noon – 5 p.m., on an appointment basis. Walk-ins are accepted as availability permits. Call the CCPHSD Clinic at 928-679-7222 to make an appointment.
The cost for a flu vaccination at the CCPHSD Clinic is $30. As a courtesy, the CCPHSD will bill the insurance company, but those seeking a flu shot should check with their insurance provider to determine whether they are covered and asked to bring their insurance card. No one will be denied services due to inability to pay. Every year a new vaccine is manufactured to combat circulating influenza viruses during each flu season. While it is too early to determine the effectiveness of this season’s vaccine, immunization reduces the chance of influenza-related complications, such as hospitalization, chronic disease, and/or death. The immune system will be better prepared to combat the flu the earlier people get their shot.
The following groups of people are encouraged to get a flu vaccination because they are at high - risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications, including:
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes and can cause death.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu shot, good health habits will help you stay well. These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you and others from getting sick:
Additional information is available at www.coconino.az.gov/health. Contact your healthcare provider or call the Coconino County Public Health Services District Clinic at 928-679-7222 or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272.