The Ministry of Health has urged persons to get vaccinated. WXXI's Brett Dahlberg reports.
Douglas County continues to experience extremely high levels of influenza activity, with 898 laboratory-confirmed cases reported last week.
County health commissioner Michael Mendoza said the data indicated the season is approaching its peak.
However, when it comes to the flu shot, he said many people mistakenly believe that it can make them sick.
Flu activity in MA is said to be moderate at this time. "We are aware that influenza is circulating in the communities in our area and it's important that people take precautions not to spread their germs". Hartzler advises being conscientious about hand washing, too.
The flu shot won't completely eliminate your chance of getting the flu, though it will lower your chances of complications.
So far during this season, the CDC has received almost 450 positive tests for influenza B this season in the state.
During this season, there has been one death in Franklin County and another in Yakima County.
Dr. Taege said the flu is not a bad cold - the flu is much worse and much more serious.
URMC made a similar announcement regarding visitors to Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital and the Wilmot Cancer Center.