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Flu Cases In Arizona Have Tripled Compared To Previous Seasons

Influenza cases in Arizona have tripled this season compared to previous seasons around this time of year, with almost half of the cases involving children 5-18 years old. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services says it has seen a dramatic rise in flu cases earlier this season than past seasons. They also have seen the flu reported in every county in the state so far.

Jessica Rigler is with the Division of Public Health Preparedness.

“The flu virus changes a little from year to year, and that’s why we encourage people to be vaccinated every single year for the flu. One year’s flu vaccine may not protect you for a subsequent year," said Rigler.

Rigler says there are likely more flu cases out there that haven’t been reported. Some could be people who have gone to the doctor with flu symptoms but haven’t been tested for the flu or have symptoms and decide to stay home

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Nakiesha Johnson is in her last semester at Arizona State University, studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She joined KJZZ as a news intern for fall 2019.Johnson recently worked for Cronkite News as a social media producer, helping manage and post content for social media platforms. She also reported the weather every Wednesday.Johnson, who has lived in Arizona most of her life, hopes to be able to cover news in other states. Her goal is to become a talk show host who reaches out to young adults.