Denise Burley

Denise Burley

KINGMAN — Mohave County Public Health Director Denise Burley provided the Board of Supervisors last week with an update on county flu figures from the past few years.

Supervisor Hildy Angius of District 2 kicked off the conversation by noting community members are starting to receive flu vaccination information from their medical providers. As the flu season is nearly here, starting in October, the supervisor inquired as to the safety of receiving multiple vaccines, such as for the flu, pneumonia and covid-19.

Burley responded by saying that people generally spread out their vaccines as opposed to getting all of them in one day. She also noted that the flu season hasn’t quite started yet.

Burley also took time to address flu figures from the past few years. She said the 2017-18 season saw 1,522 cases in Mohave County. The 2018-19 season saw 793 total cases, with the 2019-20 season showing no reported cases by early March 2020 after seeing sustained activity earlier in the season up until February.

“This coincides with the onset of the covid pandemic and people wearing masks,” Burley said.

The 2020-21 season saw an “exceedingly low” number of flu cases reported, according to Burley, who added that those cases are reported voluntarily.

Burley also spoke to the new tests, which test for both flu A and B, as well as covid-19. Burley said those tests are sensitive and can pick up distinctions between each illness.

Supervisor Ron Gould of District 5 asked if those tests would tell people which illness they have, or if the tests will just flag positive in general. Burley said the tests would differentiate between the three and tell people which illness they have.

“The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to illness. It doesn’t matter if it’s flu, covid, a cold, your goal is to avoid being exposed to it so you can not get sick,” Burley said.

She said the “same advice follows for all three of those illnesses.” She said residents should wash their hands with soap and water; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; stay at home when sick; avoid close contact with others (especially if you’re not feeling well); cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

For those who still feel uncomfortable, “wear a mask in public settings,” she advised.

Flu shots are available at most local pharmacies.

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DFLHC

What I find funny is the fact that before the pandemic if anyone had gone into the hospital for any type of procedure, and the doctor and nurses came strolling in with no masks and gloves on, they would have freaked out!

simon1dog

The "Lone Ranger" had it right.

kdavis

O little bobby science always works. Definitely one of the stupids things you have ever stated as fact. But then again you are the village idiot....

BigBob

kaydee - "... one of the stupids things..." And there you are one of the people referred to herein, “Study says Havasu-Kingman metro area least educated in the state”

Could you please provide some form of empirical proof that I have ever been officially named "the village idiot?" I believe that is just hate speech being spewed by ignorant fools - such as yourself.

Very Stable Genius 2020

No matter how many times Supervisors Angius and Gould are told this they just don’t seem to understand because it is contrary to their programming. These anti-science nutters are killing people here.

Yup

Mask`s are for sheeple and Bozo bob

BigBob

yoop - Again with the "Bozo bob?" Who is this guy that only you seem to know about? And masks are for people who want to live.

“Your”welcome

“Hilarious!” For the past 2 years you people were blaming Mohave county residents for the COVID outbreaks due to non mask compliance! Now Covid is still an issue but the flu cases are down and that’s because of, masks?

BigBob

Masks work? OMG!

RD Peterson

Well, it sure couldn’t be all the hand washing, hand gels, social distancing and lack of testing for flu (testing for COVID instead) that dropped the flu cases reported.

MesaKelly85203

It's almost like science works!

“Your”welcome

We know science works, thanks to Dr. Fauci and team China creating Covid-19!

BigBob

your - No science works because science always works. And remember had the former guy not lied to the American people hundreds of thousands of American men, women and children would still be alive.

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