This flu season is hitting the U.S. significantly harder than last year, according to local medical experts. Banner Health in Mesa is urging patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to consider visiting urgent care clinics for treatment, saying this can often be a convenient and faster way to receive care than visiting an emergency room.
“The CDC reported (Jan. 2) the flu is ‘widespread’ in 36 states including Arizona, Colorado, California, Nebraska and Wyoming,” said Corey Schubert, public relations senior specialist with Banner Health in Arizona. “Banner Urgent Care, with 38 sites in the metro Phoenix area, has shorter wait times and are open extended hours and weekends. Patients can check in online at BannerHealth.com.”
Banner infectious disease specialists, in coordination with local public health departments, say that H3N2 is the predominant circulating strain this year. That strain is typically associated with more serious flu seasons.
“Banner encourages the public to practice good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection,” Schubert added.