Current numbers of confirmed flu cases due out today - Tucson News Now

Current numbers of confirmed flu cases due out today

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Flu season is here – and thestate health department is expected to release the latest number of confirmedflu cases today.

So far there has been anincrease compared to 2012, but Pima County and State Health officials say it isstill too early to tell how bad this flu season will be.

The state has confirmed nearly250 cases across Arizona that is a 170 percent increase from an averageyear.  In Pima County, Health officialssay 48 cases have been confirmed that is four times the amount of cases at thesame time in 2012.

To put that intoperspective, the numbers may seem scary, but officials say this is not anindication that 2013 will be better or worse than any other year.  Peak flu season is usually anytime betweennow and March. 

Officials say the bestways to prevent the flu are to get the flu shot, wash hands often, cover acough and stay home from work or school if sick. 

Updated numbers areexpected to be released later today.

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