Arizona saw its first pediatric death related to influenza
during the week ending Jan. 1, according to the state Department of
Health Services website. The state also saw a spike in the number
of lab-confirmed influenza cases, with the respiratory illness now
being classified as "widespread" in the state.
The number of lab-confirmed influenza cases in the county nearly
doubled last week, according to the latest report on the Arizona
Department of Health Services website. There are now 33
lab-confirmed cases in Maricopa County, with 13 of them diagnosed
last week. Across the state, 103 influenza cases have been
confirmed. Fifty-two percent are in patients 18 and younger. Most
are influenza A, the same type associated with the novel H1N1
strain identified last year. Influenza levels remain far below the
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.
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.
You may have heard that H1N1 influenza is primarily a disease of
children. This is because H1N1 disproportionately infects infants,
children and young adults. There were only two laboratory confirmed
pediatric deaths from influenza through the 2006 to 2007 and 2007
to 2008 influenza seasons. In contrast, there were 12 pediatric
deaths during the 2008-2009 season. Seven of those deaths were
confirmed to be from H1N1.
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.
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.
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