Maricopa County confirms first flu case this season

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Health officials have confirmed Maricopa County's first flu case of the season.

On Monday, health officials said the unvaccinated woman in her early 30s is recovering at home.

This year, for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

This year's flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.

Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, said officials don't know which strain will dominate this year's flu season.

Last year, Arizona had 13,032 flu cases and at least 122 deaths, almost all due to the H1N1 pandemic strain.

"No one should have to get sick with influenza this year," said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. "There is plenty of vaccine across the state and finding a shot is almost as easy as going to the ATM."

For more information about the flu in Arizona or where to get the flu vaccine, visit www.StopTheSpreadAz.org.