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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County Health officials say, right now, this year's flu season is unpredictable. This week, the county reported its first flu case of the season. Although Pima County health officials are working with hospitals and doctors to track influenza cases to report them to the state of Arizona; at the national level it's a different story.

Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, Dr. Gregory Poland, says the Center for Disease Control is not able to track flu cases throughout the United States because of the government shutdown, "The state's public health department can look at what's happening in their state if they have the resources but nobody can piece together what's happening across states, across countries, and develop a comprehensive collage of what the threat might be for the American citizen."

Pima County health officials say now is the time to get a flu shot. Those 65 years or older and anyone prone to getting sick should get one.

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