Weather changes prompt spike in flu cases

Posted at 9:43 AM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 11:43:40-05

Just months ago Arizona was named the worst state for flu cases in the nation and already another flu season is upon us.

“Last year we had a horrible flu season, I mean I've never seen so many positive cases of influenza. We're predicting that this year is probably going to be pretty bad too,” said Dr. Janice Johnston with Redirect Health in Scottsdale.

Johnston says the best way people can protect themselves is to get a flu shot and it’s not too late.

“There's always people who just don't get the flu shot and once the flu starts to hit and you're not vaccinated, it's just going to spread very quickly,” explains Johnston.  

Clinics across the Valley are now offering flu shots for a small co-pay and in some cases even for free.  Redirect in Scottsdale charges $0 in co-pay and they’re ready to serve you.

If you’re already finding yourself among the ill, take precautions; wash your hands often, cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing and get plenty of liquids and rest.