"We've seen a huge increase over the last three weeks, even over this past week", said Dawn Rogers, Deaconess' Patient Safety & Infection Control Officer. The U.S. approved the shot under the FDA's accelerated approval program in late 2015.
"Usually starts in September, lasts til about January or February", said Bryan County Health Department spokesperson Lisa Maynard.
So far 41,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide.
More than 2,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu in the state of Ohio.
Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it. People 65 and older accounted for most of the recent admissions - 81 of 130.
Most people with the flu will have more moderate symptoms and will recover within about a week without medical treatment, by resting and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, Cottage Health said. "Our census has been high through the holidays, but not just due to the flu season", said Linda Burt, vice president of Quality and Community Services.
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"The nasal spray vaccine a year ago reduced children's risk of flu by 65% meaning they were less likely to spread it to relatives and others they come into close with".
Cottage also reminds the community it is not too late to get a flu shot.
"The earlier you get treated, the better", Rasnake said.
"They need to protect that baby with a cocoon of people who are vaccinated around them so they are less likely to make that very vulnerable baby sick." she said.
Wearing masks or covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.