Show Low, AZ – Over the last two weeks, influenza diagnoses have sharply increased across Navajo County. This is earlier than average for flu season to begin in our region, but the amount of cases being seen is not abnormal.
In reaction to the increased number of cases, local hospitals are instituting precautions (such as requiring masks) in waiting rooms and admitted patients in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of flu cases throughout Navajo County, but we do not see any reason to panic at this time,” Navajo County Public Health Director Jeff Lee said. “Flu season is much like our weather seasons. We can see normal, mild or severe years, and each year will have highs and lows. As the season progresses, we’ll be able to see if our numbers are higher than average.”
In order to help alleviate the pressure on medical personnel around the region, residents are encouraged to follow these tips on avoiding the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (even if they don’t have the flu)
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Practice good hand washing to keep your hands clean
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Sanitize heavily trafficked areas of your home and work
“Aside from basic health habits, it is very important that residents and visitors who feel sick DO NOT go to school, work, social events or run errands,” Lee said. “The best course of action when you are sick is to stay home and avoid spreading any illnesses.”
Residents suffering from severe issues associated with influenza are encouraged to see a doctor. However, please keep in mind that urgent care facilities see a large increase in patients this time of year, so contacting your doctor first is recommended.
For more information on flu symptoms and treatments, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
For more information:
Contact - Adam Wolfe
Navajo County Communications Manager
Phone: (928) 524-4165