Health officials say flu cases are widespread in Arizona with more than 2,600 cases reported than this time a year ago. "Widespread" is the highest level of flu action, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.
This is considered the highest number of seasonal cases of influenza this early since tests became reportable.
Most of the time, vaccines don't cause any side effects; and the vaccines go through rigorous testing before they are approved, and are constantly monitored once available to the public.
Health experts say the best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated. "It is actually even thought that those who receive the flu vaccine, even if you are exposed to influenza, it may temporize the disease to a certain extent".
Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Clean - Wash your hands often. In addition, there are a number of pathogens going around in the winter months, including viruses that might not be included in the vaccine, according to the CDC. They say there are other methods of stopping spread of the flu, such as having sick workers stay home, or keeping them away from patients.
"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said. "Unfortunately, flu cases will likely increase as we celebrate this season which is why it is so important that those who haven't received their flu vaccine to get their flu shot now".
If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."
A mix of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses have also hit the school system, with a couple of local schools reporting absenteeism of more than 10 per cent due to sickness, she said.