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County confirms first flu cases

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

FLAGSTAFF- The Coconino County Public Health Services District has confirmed five cases of influenza in the county this month.

The cases originated in the Flagstaff area and are the first of the 2012-13 flu season.

The confirmed cases mark the beginning of the flu season in the county, as influenza activity within Arizona continues to increase with 20 cases reported statewide, including the county’s.

“We have been anticipating our first flu cases in Coconino County,” said Kimbal Babcock, interim chief health officer of CCPHSD. “Since flu activity typically does not reach its peak until late January or February, and influenza activity can occur as late as May, this is still a good time to get a flu shot.”

A flu shot at a county clinic costs $25 for adults and $15 for children 18 years and younger.

As a courtesy, the county will bill your insurance company, but those seeking a shot should check with their insurance provider to determine whether they are covered. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.

Call the CCPHSD flu information line at 928-679-7300 or toll free at 1-877-679-7272.

(This information was provided by the Coconino County Public Health Services District.)

For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.

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