Time for shots: Influenza 'widespread' in Arizona

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, "Arizona flu activity hit widespread this week; widespread is the highest category possible."

Confirmed cases of flu are being reported in every Arizona County, the majority being the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Influenza is a serious illness that claims lives every year. Symptoms are similar to the common cold except the flu comes on quickly and is more physically draining.

In most cases, the best care is to stay home, drink plenty of fluids and rest. For others with certain medical conditions and weaker immune systems, the flu can be more severe and it is recommended that you see a doctor.

The Yavapai County Community Health Services still has plenty of flu vaccine available and recommends everyone (6 months of age or older) get their flu shot as soon as possible. The county accepts most insurance plans and offer special programs for those without insurance.

Please call and make an appointment today at (928) 639-8130.

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