Phoenix doctors says you may want flu shot sooner than later this year | Arizona News

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Phoenix doctors says you may want flu shot sooner than later this year | Arizona News
Phoenix doctors says you may want flu shot sooner than later this year | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Flu cases are already emerging in Arizona. “We are seeing some of these viruses that normally appear in late summer during winter and that is worrying,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, Associate Professor and Director of Public Health and Prevention at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix. Last year’s flu season was next to nonexistent. (Source: 3TV / CBS 5) Dr. Marvasti said it was unusual to see flu cases this early. The latest flu numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services are August 15 through August 28. They show 22 cases of flu compared to just one case in the same period last year. Arizona is seeing more cases of RSV than normal this summer. “That’s an increase of 2100%,” said Dr. Marvasti. “That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is quite different from last year.” Marvasti said it was too early to know if this will be an upward trend, but doctors will continue to monitor the data. “I think this tells us, in terms of flu numbers, we could have an earlier flu season this year. So when people are considering when to get their flu shot, sooner rather than later, especially if they are in more risk groups, “said Dr. Marvasti. In that late August report, there were 391 cases of RSV. That is 5200% more than last year when there were only two cases in the timeframe. “You usually see that in winter, but we’ve seen a lot of RSVs this summer,” said Dr. Marvasti. The flu season last year was next to nonexistent. Doctors said , that’s because many people wore masks, were socially distant, and focused on hand washing. As Arizona residents return to normal, Dr. Marvasti said it is easier for these viruses to spread. Copyright 2021 KPHO / KTVK (KPHO Rundfunkgesellschaft) All rights reserved.

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