Lab-confirmed cases of influenza this year are below the levels seen during the last two flu seasons, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
So far, there have been 36 lab-confirmed cases since the flu season began, said the department’s spokeswoman Laura Oxley. Reports have come from seven counties, including 16 from Maricopa County.
School nurse reports of influenza-like illnesses to the department are also down this year compared to the past two flu seasons, according to the ADHS.
Arizona has not reached peak outbreak levels. Oxley said it is not too late to receive an influenza vaccine.
This year’s vaccine is expected to be effective against the circulating oseltamivir-resistant influenza A (H1N1) viruses, according the CDC Web site.