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Flu Germs Are On The Move This Holiday Season

As the new year arrives, so does peak flu season in Arizona. And the virus is more easily spread this time of year when we hug family members, sample friends' drinks and fly in the small, confined spaces of an airplane. 

Jessica Rigler with the Arizona Department of Health Services said a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the virus, but it’s too late if you’re traveling now. 

However, there are some ways to keep yourself healthy. 

“One of the things that we always recommend to protect yourself from the flu and other viruses is to wipe down surfaces that are high touch,” Rigler said. “And so, if you’re on a plane, that could be things like the tray table or your button that reclines your seat.” 

Though Rigler still recommends getting a flu shot. 

There have been more than 560 reported cases of the flu this season. Rigler expects that number to drastically spike going into next year.


Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."