"There's been a dramatic uptick in activity over the past few weeks. According to national statistics, we're looking at a larger number of cases than we've seen in about 10 years," said Branch Manager of Infectious Disease Dr. Gary Wheeler.
Wheeler said the best ways to prevent being infected with the flu include getting a flu vaccine, washing your hands, and avoid people who begin showing symptoms.
"Hand hygeine is really important," Wheeler said. "This may be the time of year where you avoid handshakes and go for a fist bump or elbow bump instead to try and prevent the spread of the flu."
According to Wheeler, the strains of flu included in this year's immunizations are matching up well with those strains that seem to be infecting the most people.
The vaccine can take up to two weeks to protect a person once they receive it, but the flu can remain in a community for eight weeks or longer, according to Wheeler.
Some hospitals have begun to encourage visitors to wear masks while on campus, and are restricting access to those under 16 years of age from visiting.