In the current flu season, there have been a total of 121,208 influenza cases reported. The total hospitalizations for the season stands at 5,128 - the most in Minnesota history. "Rather than being sick for a week, they are only sick for 24 hours", he said.
New data shows that 21 of those who died from the flu were between the ages of 18-years-old and 49-years-old. A shortage of Tami-Flu is also complicating matters.
The Cox Health and Counseling Center ran out of flu vaccinations two weeks ago at the height of flu season, according to an email from Christopher Smith, director of the health and counseling center.
It also made an appearance during the 1997-1998 and 2003-2004 flu seasons and was once again bad.
Still, health professionals say it's better to get the shot than not.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is urging people to protect themselves against the virus.
Since late August, 105 deaths have been attributed to the flu (80 associated with influenza A, 25 with influenza B). "What we can do here is we can prepare vaccine seeds that then go into manufacturing and then can be used in human clinical trials".
She follows American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on vaccines.
"This year, unfortunately, it is worse than what we have seen over the last 10 years nearly".
"I've always highly encouraged vaccines", Poling added. Prevention, obviously, is the key. The vouchers are available for New Yorkers 7 years of age and older who do not have health insurance.
However, people can come down with a strain that isn't covered in the shot.