Doctor Jason Stringer said this year's flu is already worse than the past two seasons. He said in 2011, there were only six confirmed cases at Peoria's Methodist Medical Center by this time. In 2012, there were zero cases. Right now, there are 69 cases at Methodist.
Dr. Stringer said usually the flu doesn't hit its peak until early spring. He said he expects the number of cases to grow. "October through January is usually the slower part of that and actually January through April we see a much higher instance. Again, it is tough to predict but if you go by the last couple of years I would expect it to get much worse."
He said it isn't too late to get your flu shot. He said most people he's seen who have suffered from the flu did not get a shot.