Residents of the Rim Country and the rest of Arizona have been very fortunate that due to the relatively warm weather, influenza remains at the “local” level — meaning there have been only a low number of influenza-like symptoms reported and a small number of actual cases of the flu.
The flu virus loves cold weather though, said Lorraine Dalrymple, RN, Gila County Health Services program manager. As the temperatures start to drop, the number of flu cases will go up, she said.
“Give your family the gift of health this holiday season by protecting everyone with the flu vaccine,” Dalrymple said.
The Gila County Office of Health still has flu vaccine available and it is free for children ages 6 months to 18 and individuals with Medicare Part B. The adult flu vaccine is $20 and the High Dose version, for those 65 and older, is $40.