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Arizona hospitals take steps to slow flu surge

50% increase in influenza cases across Ariz. in a week

January 20, 2014
by Ken Alltucker
Arizona Republic

So far this season, 41 percent of Arizona flu cases have occurred among those ages 19 to 49.

“That happens to be the population that does not get their flu shots that often,” Villarroel said.

CDC data show that just 27 percent of Arizona adults 18 to 64 were vaccinated during the 2012-13 flu season. Only Florida had a lower rate among all states, according to Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit that advocates disease prevention.

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