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Arizona Flu Cases Below 2017 Level But Above 5-Year Average

The number of people with lab-confirmed flu cases in Arizona is well below the number at this time last year, but still significantly above the five-year average.

The 2017-18 flu season was brutal: 80,000 people died — and about 1,178 of those deaths were in Arizona. Eighty percent of the children who died were unvaccinated.

The Arizona flu season can run all the way through May, and 5-year averages show the number of cases spike in early January and mid-February.

Claire Caulfield was a reporter and Morning Edition producer at KJZZ from 2015 to 2019.