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Flu Season is Almost Here: Here's What You Need to Know this Year

Last year's influenza season turned out to be the mildest on record, but health experts have renewed warnings that a "twindemic" — in which flu and COVID-19 cases simultaneously rise and overwhelm hospitals — may be possible this year, and they urge Americans to get their flu shot.

"Last year, we didn't have a very big flu season because people were using masks and that decreased the flu season activity," said Ricardo Correa, MD, director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education and director for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. "If we do the same thing this year and we wear masks as much as we can, then the flu season will not hit us as hard as years prior."

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 593 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,400 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.