Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, including Arizona, and the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter urges people who haven’t received a flu shot to quickly get vaccinated.
The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the virus during what is the worst flu outbreak in the U.S. in several years.
People six months and older should get a flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends covering your nose and your mouth with a tissue or a sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. And avoid touching your eyes, your nose and your mouth.