Flu Season is Here!

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Flu in Arizona

The 2018-2019 flu season has arrived in Arizona, and it’s already setting up to be a doozy. Here are some of the latest stats about the flu in Arizona.

Flu seasons are measured by the CDC starting at Week 40 of one year, and ending Week 39 of the next. This year Week 40 began September 30th, 2018. The 2018-2019 will end with Week 39 on September 29th, 2019. This makes it easy to compare flu season by week, year-over-year.

Now that we are “officially” into the new flu season by a couple weeks, the data is starting to roll in for this year’s first official week of flu season: Week 40 (Sept 30th-Oct 6th.)

Flu in Arizona

Here’s the chart for Flu in Arizona:

maricopa county flu season 2018 week 40

What does the data show? In the first week of this flu season there were 30 lab-confirmed cases of flu in Arizona. Last year – which was an epic flu season by any measure – there were 23 lab-confirmed cases in the first week. But even more stunning – the 5 year average for that first week is only 3 cases!!

This flu season has started out 30% worse than last year, and 971% worse than a normal year!

That’s not a guarantee that this flu season will actually turn out to be worse than last year – it might peak early and fizzle, or just stay at a low simmer all winter (during the worst weeks of the 2017-2018 flu season, Arizona confirmed over 5,000 cases/week!)

But if the trend holds & the flu does hit Arizona hard again, here are some steps you can now take to protect yourself:

  • Get a flu shot. Flu shots are statistically the single best way to reduce your chances of getting influenza – no ifs, ands or buts about it.

  • WASH YOUR HANDS! Yes, in all caps because it’s that important! Wash early, wash often.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Your friends, family & coworkers might not even feel sick or know they’re sick yet, so don’t take any chances! No sharing eating or drinking utensils, either.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Finally – the excuse to sleep more that we’ve all been waiting for! Sleep really does help your immune system function more effectively, so make sure you’re getting a solid 7-9 hours/night during flu season.
  • Eat healthy. Your body has to work hard all day defending itself against countless germs – give it some high quality fuel!
  • Hydrate. Your immune system also needs plenty of fluids to do it’s job. The summer heat might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about hydration!
  • Boost your immune system with vitamins. Vitamins like zinc, vitamin C, B 12 and glutathione all work together to boost your immune system, helping your body fight off viruses.
  • Try a Myers’ Cocktail. Combining deep hydration with vitamin therapy, AZ IV Medics brings the Myers’ Cocktail to your home, office or hotel for the ultimate immune system boost. Text or call (623) 521-5034 to schedule your immune boost today!

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