The number of confirmed flu cases in Arizona so far this season is up by more than 750% compared to previous year.
During the last flu season, 278 people in the state were confirmed to have died from influenza.
Influenza A outbreaks are underway in about four long-term care facilities, and Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, manager of infectious disease prevention and emergency preparedness for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, said flu season is expected to peak over the holidays.
The week ending November 25 saw 204 flu and flu-like cases reported in the county.
"Even if our vaccine is not a good match to the circulating viruses, there's still research that indicates people who've had a flu shot, if you do still happen to get the flu, the severity of those symptoms are lessened", said Sue Grant, community health services supervisor at the McLean County Health Department.
Doctors are urging those who have not gotten a flu vaccine to get one.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
"But it's still better to get the shot, than not to get it", Burton said.
"I can come up with studies that say Vitamin D is more effective against influenza than a vaccine", said a nurse.
"For those most at risk - the very young, vulnerable adults, pregnant women and the elderly, flu can be very serious".
The health department is encouraging residents to call the city's 2-1-1 number to find a flu-vaccine provider. It's recommended for children of ages 6 months and older, as well as those people at high risk for complications related to the flu. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills", said county public health official Cameron Kaiser, MD, in a statement.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches.
If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's." And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.
A mix of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses have also hit the school system, with a couple of local schools reporting absenteeism of more than 10 per cent due to sickness, she said.