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Rise in COVID, flu cases 'of concern' for Pima County

Pima County is seeing an uptick in COVID cases though hospitalizations remain low, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said Friday. She also discussed the county's plans in case of a monkeypox outbreak, and the distribution of free gun locks in the coming weeks. ... Read more»

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A daily pill to treat COVID could be just months away, scientists say

Clinical trials are underway at the Fred Hutch cancer research center that’s part of an international effort to test an antiviral treatment that could halt COVID early in its course.... Read more»

Ducey urges flu shots to keep Az hospitals from being overwhelmed

State officials Monday laid out a plan for “aggressively” combating the upcoming influenza season as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, with the first step being to urge people to get a flu shot as soon as possible.... Read more»

Arizona public health officials are preparing for the flu in a COVID world

The start of flu season isn't generally until October, but public health officials are already preparing for a different kind of response and public outreach campaign than in previous years in advance of what the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said could be the "worst fall" in history. ... Read more»

Blood centers will collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors in hopes of treatment

Blood donation centers across the U.S. are ramping up efforts to collect plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes it could be used to save the lives of others infected with the pandemic disease.... Read more»

Trump hypes potential COVID-19 cures, evidence so far is slim

President Donald Trump has enthusiastically pushed the use of two malaria drugs — one in combination with an antibiotic — to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But there is currently only limited evidence to suggest the drugs are effective against the new virus.... Read more»

The way we were

Today's coronavirus pandemic has parallels to 1917-18 influenza outbreak

The current national emergency has drawn comparisons to the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed tens of millions. Though the loss of life was tragic for the community, decisive action by local officials prevented the sort of disaster that was seen in other places.... Read more»

Analysis

This coronavirus is unlike anything in our lifetime, and we have to stop comparing It to the flu

Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why.... Read more»

Vaccinations give migrants hope and health as they wait to enter the U.S.

American doctors, members of Congress and immigrant advocates have been pushing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to vaccinate migrants after several migrant children, including some diagnosed with the flu, have died while in U.S. custody. With CBP so far rejecting those requests, some organizations are working to get migrants the health care they need – on the Mexican side of the border.... Read more»

Arizona flu season off to a fast start; health officials push shots

Three weeks into this flu season, Arizona has already had 96 confirmed cases of flu, slightly above last year’s numbers but close to three times the number of confirmed cases at this point in a typical year.... Read more»

Experts: It’s not too late to vaccinate for possibly strong flu strain

Arizona is still about a month away from peak flu season, but medical experts are advising residents to get vaccinated “sooner rather than later” to head off an expected variant of the H1N1 virus.... Read more»

CDC cautions against nasal spray flu vaccination this season

Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the CDC recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it’s less effective than the shot. That means Arizona nurses and doctors will inject thousands of people the old-fashioned way, resulting in sore arms and lots of tears.... Read more»

H1N1 'swine flu' cases spike in Arizona this flu season

The number of confirmed cases in Arizona has increased 68 percent compared to the previous flu season. "Right now, we are seeing very high levels of flu in the state," said a state epidemiologist.... Read more»

Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu shot

With the new flu season beginning Oct. 3, health experts are urging people to overcome whatever concerns they may have and get vaccinated. The benefits, they say, include greater overall immunity to curtail the flu’s spread and protecting those most vulnerable to the disease’s potentially fatal effects.... Read more»

Officials: Fans from flu-heavy states bringing more than Super Bowl fever

Throngs of sports fans headed to Arizona for a string of high-profile sporting events may spread more than Super Bowl fever. Health officials warn they might also bring the flu, worsening what’s already shaping up to be a tough season. ... Read more»1

Forget Ebola and get a flu shot

Take a break from worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot this fall. While the Ebola virus has so far affected just four people in the United States, tens of millions are expected to get influenza this season. More than 200,000 of them will be hospitalized and up to 49,000 will likely die from it, according to the CDC.... Read more»

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