Flu cases in Arizona are on the rise, up 28% this flu season compared to last year. Experts say the reason is because people are not getting their flu shots.
There were more than 1,400 cases from October to mid-January, that's up 300 cases compared to the same period the year before. According to the Centers for Disease control, Arizona is one of the three states hit the hardest by the flu this season.
Every year in Arizona, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every year, more than 4,000 people are hospitalized because of complications and up to 700 people die, according to the CDC.
Doctors say there are many ways to prevent getting sick. The best is getting a vaccination every year. You should also always wash your hands, washing your hands frequently and wiping down contaminated surfaces can also help decrease the chances of catching the virus. Doctors also recommend staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading it.