Arizona restaurant patios are teeming with patrons, the stores are filled with holiday decorations, and daytime temperatures have dipped into the 80s. Fall has arrived in Arizona, and that means it’s also the beginning of flu season.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix has named Dr. Dean Coonrod, MD, as chair of the executive committee of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the downtown Phoenix medical college.
Paula Owens seems to indicate that flu vaccines are “unnatural” and harmful in her Dec. 5 column (“Boost your immune system naturally,” AFN). Unfortunately, what is “natural” in our world is vaccine-preventable diseases killing many adults and children. I doubt that Ms. Owens has cared for children, pregnant women or elderly folks on a ventilator with the flu, or watched someone die from this preventable illness. A “natural” case of the flu carries a many times higher risk of Guillain Barre syndrome than taking the vaccine.
Flu shots for children will be available at the Immunization Clinic at Lomas, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, on Tuesday, July 31. A child should be accompanied by their parent and bring their shot record so the date can be recorded. They will be open from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Ahwatukee, Gilbert and Queen Creek Urgent Care facilities,
members of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), are providing free flu
shots at drive-thru clinics to adults in the community. Getting a
flu shot is the best way to avoid getting the flu.
Five pediatric deaths connected with influenza were reported
during the 2010-11 season, according to the Arizona Department of
Health Services. The season concluded with the latest report, which
covers Sept. 25 to Oct. 4.
The widespread flu outbreak throughout Arizona apparently hasn’t
hit the West Valley. Health officials say visits to area hospitals
this year due to the spread of the flu have been typical as in
years past and that they have only seen a handful of patients each
week seeking treatment for the airborne illness.
Senior citizens in Arizona have not been affected as much as
younger people this flu season, statistics show. According to state
figures, a third of the patients have been ages 19 to 49 (33
percent). The next largest group has been ages 5 to 18 (24
percent), followed by the very young, newborn to 4 years old (22
percent). More than three-quarters of cases have been influenza A,
which includes the H1N1 strain. H3 is the most predominant subtype
of lab-confirmed influenza this year.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald