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  • Pima County confirms local pediatric flu death

    Dec 18, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Health Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services have confirmed that a minor who was cared for at a Pima County hospital has died due to complications from the flu virus. The patient had other underlying health conditions that may have led to a higher risk for complications from the flu. This case marks the first reported pediatric flu related death in Arizona this season, and the first in Pima County since 2009.

    "As a parent and as the chief medical officer for our county, I am saddened to share this news," said Dr. Francisco García, Pima County Health Department director. "Especially as many of us come together for the holidays, I urge everyone to take steps to prevent the spread of flu. Please consider adding a stop to get your flu shot to your holiday to-do list."

    Health officials recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older be immunized. It is also important to take everyday preventive actions like covering coughs and sneezes, staying away from sick people and washing your hands often. People at high risk for influenza complications should see a health care professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated this season.

    Those at high risk for serious flu complications include people with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or neurological conditions; pregnant women; those younger than 5 years or older than 65 years of age; or anyone with a weakened immune system.

    For more information about the flu and its symptoms or where to find a flu vaccine in Arizona, please visit StopTheSpreadAZ.org.