Tragic news has come come from The Maricopa County Department of Public Health.  The department confirmed one child has died from the flu.  It’s Maricopa county’s first influenza-related pediatric death of the 2015-2016 flu season.  This news follows last week’s announcement by the state health

department that flu is now widespread in Arizona.  “This is a very sad reminder how serious the flu can be, and why we all need to make sure we are vaccinated,” said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “What protects us, our children and our loved ones, is not just the flu vaccine that we receive but the vaccinations of everyone around us. The more people who get vaccinated from the flu, the less chance they have of spreading it to others.”

Symptoms of flu include fever, body aches, sore throat, cough and extreme tiredness. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu can result in hospitalization or death, especially for those at high risk of complications such as seniors, young children, or anyone with compromised immune systems.   Antiviral medications may help if taken early in the illness.

Kris Dugan