The current flu season is dominated by a strain of Influenza A known as H3N2, which is often a poor match for the influenza vaccine and tends to be deadlier than other strains.
Officials with the Mobile County Health Department says the flu outbreak this year has been very unusual. There have been more than 300 hospitalizations this season. "None of these vaccines can actually cause the flu". Robin McDonald of Good Samaritan Hospital says many people over 65 have conditions that the flu will aggravate, and that can contribute to their death.
There was also 19 cases of influenza reported in intensive care units in the second week of this year with another three deaths reports in week two.
The two patients who died were 81 and 17 years old and both from Dallas. State data shows the number of people testing positive for influenza fell last week, suggesting the flu season could be winding down.
Hospitals in Indianapolis and other parts of central in have implemented restrictions on visitors since the start of the year due to the spread of the flu virus. Many hospitals have recently set up additional treatment areas, including tents, to handle the influx of flu patients.
"I don't believe we've seen the peak yet", Snyder said. "Nevertheless it's still helpful".
"First and foremost, flu season is not over. The reason for that in emergency medicine there is a lot of overcrowding", Henry said. But Jones said people need to remember that it can be a killer.
"They feel really scared", Stock said.
Medical experts stress that it is not too late to get a flu shot.
People who are ill with a fever, cough, cold or stomach virus are asked not to visit patients at hospitals. A lot of times pneumonia, people with altered immune systems, the elderly, the young, pregnant they're the highest risk for developing the flu and having complications from the flu.
MA saw a near 3 percent drop in reports of influenza-like illnesses during the first week of the year, according to the Department of Public Health.
"I think the flu shot kind of warded it off", says Noble.
"It's also peaking early this year", said Dr. Debra Walks.
"Probably takes 10 days to a couple of weeks to get full immunity from it", says Kulp.