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Pinal County announces first flu case

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A male resident from Apache Junction has Pinal County's first case of the flu.

In this case, it was mild and the individual did not need to be hospitalized.

Public health officials are reminding all residents to get the flu shot. The seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.

The virus that causes influenza spreads from one person to another through coughing and sneezing as well as through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.

Symptoms usually appear one to four days after exposure and include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and body aches.

Children, senior citizens, pregnant woman, and people with medical conditions or weakened immune systems are at higher risk for catching the flu.

If you come down with the flu, you're advised to stay home from work or school, get extra sleep, drink lots of fluids, wash your hands often, and go to the doctor if symptoms worsen.

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