First Death From Pediatric Flu Confirmed in Arizona – NBC Phoenix / Tucson

The Pinal County Public Health Services District confirmed the death of a young child from the flu on Wednesday, November 2.

This marks the first pediatric flu death in the state of Arizona this flu season.

“This tragic situation, unfortunately, reminds us that the flu can cause serious illness and death,” said Dr. Tascha Spears, Director of Health for the Pinal County Public Health Services District. “Our deepest condolences to this child’s family.”

This year’s flu season has started earlier, and hospitals are significantly impacted by the number of cases showing up in emergency departments.

Since the start of the flu season, a total of 172 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been reported in Pinal County, and a total of 4,552 cases in the state of Arizona, the county confirmed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot. The vaccine provides protection against hospitalization and death even if you do get the flu.

It’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible because it takes two weeks for the immune system to build a defense against the flu.

In addition to the vaccine, protect yourself and others from getting the flu by practicing good hygiene: avoid touching your mouth and nose, wash your hands often, cover your cough with your sleeve, and stay home when you’re sick.

Flu symptoms often come on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:


  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • tos
  • throat pain
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body pain
  • Headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.

Not only is the flu circulating throughout the US, including Pinal County, but cases of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and COVID-19 are increasing significantly. These three respiratory diseases have similar signs and symptoms.

According to the statement, both the flu and RSV were contributing factors in this child’s death.

People who think they may have the flu or any other respiratory illness and are at high risk of complications are urged to contact their health care provider, as antiviral medications can help, especially if taken within the hours. 48 hours from the onset of the disease.

Although there is no vaccine for RSV, those who want to schedule a flu shot or other immunizations, please call Pinal County Public Health at 1-866-960-0633 or go to to find the location. from the nearest vaccine provider.

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