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Arizona Flu Cases Down From Last Year

Fewer than 5,000 cases of the flu have been reported this season, which began in October. That number is less than half the number of cases reported at this same time last year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is still classifying the flu as widespread in the state.

March is considered part of the peak flu season, so more cases could still occur.

Health officials said the best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting the vaccine and hand washing.

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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."