Health Advisory: Widespread influenza activity and first pediatric influenza-associated death
Influenza activity has been steadily increasing in Arizona over the past few weeks, and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) categorized activity as Widespread this week. Laboratory-confirmed influenza has been identified in all fifteen counties, and three different types of influenza are circulating in the state: influenza A(H3), 2009 influenza A(H1N1) – last year’s pandemic strain, and influenza B.
The first pediatric influenza-associated death in the 2010-2011 season has also been reported, a Cochise County child under the age of two years. The child was infected with influenza B, as confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the Arizona State Health Laboratory, and also had a bacterial coinfection. The child had been previously healthy and received an influenza vaccine in October.
We would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza vaccination is the best prevention against flu, and influenza activity in Arizona usually lasts through the spring months. National data indicate that this year’s vaccine is a good match to the circulating viruses. For the first time this season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated. Flu vaccination locations can be found at http://www.fluaz.org/.
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