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Pima County confirms first case of flu

Posted at 10:12 AM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 13:12:20-04

The Pima County Health Department confirmed the first flu case this season.

The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory in Phoenix confirmed the case with lab tests. The person who contracted the flu was not hospitalized and has now recovered.

Officials say the flu has started to circulate in the county.

"This is our first indication that flu is circulating in our area. If there are people that have been putting off getting their flu shot, now is the time," Francisco García, Director of the Pima County Health Department said in a statemetn. "The flu vaccine is safe, simple, and the single most important way to protect ourselves and the people around us now that flu season has begun.”

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine. There were more than 3,400 confirmed cases in Pima County last season.

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