Eight people in Pinal County have died this winter from the flu, county officials said Thursday in a release.

Approximately one quarter of the 1,000-plus cases in the county this year have resulted in hospitalizations.

The release did note that the deaths are "concentrated" in those over the age of 50.

The report is in line with what we've seen across the state and country: Influenza is spiking.

From Dec. 31 to Jan. 6, the Arizona Department of Health Services received 2,455 reports of flu. During the entire 2016-17 flu season, just 1,109 cases were reported statewide.

It's not too late to get the flu shot, and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated every year.

Even if you're vaccinated, you should wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, stay home if you're sick and avoid touching your face to help keep the flu from spreading.