adult-vaccination-2Flu season started early this year with Arizona reporting the first locally acquired flu cases last week. You’ve probably seen or heard messages encouraging you to get a flu shot. That’s because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect in your system, so we want to be sure you are protected from the flu as early as possible.

Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times, can lead to death. Public health does its job to fight the flu by providing year-round surveillance, vaccination recommendations and education. In addition to getting a flu shot every year, you can help fight the flu with a few easy steps. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying at home if you are sick. If you do get the flu, you can take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Let’s be ready this flu season. Learn more about where to get the flu vaccine on our website. Getting vaccinated protects yourself, your family and your community against the flu.