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Number of flu cases in Pima County remain sporadic amid flu season

Posted: 6:44 AM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 16:57:26Z

As temperatures drop across the county officials with the Pima County Health Department are keeping a close eye on the number of flu cases reported.

With only a few weeks into flu season, the Deputy Director of the Pima Health Department Paula Mandel says right now the season is sporadic, meaning there have only been a few cases reported here and there. 

The state of Arizona as a whole is also currently in the sporadic stage of flu season with only 56 cases reported statewide.

"As we see our numbers of flu increase then that's when we say our flu season has arrived and it continues until we start to see our numbers drop off. So flu season can start in October and it can go through February, March, April, May," said Mandel. 

Mandel added that despite being able to project when the start of the season is, the health department typically doesn't forecast as they don't know how the season will play out. 

She added the best advice she has for the public is to not only get vaccinated against the flu but also constantly wash their hands, cough and sneeze into shoulders and keep hands away from mouth, nose, and eyes.