Local hospitals said they're seeing an unprecedented influx of flu patients.
Staff at St. Mary's Hospital have been busy treating what they say is a record number of flu cases.
"We see about a dozen a day that are coming in through the emergency room. Some of those (are) being admitted, some not, but right now in-house, we have at least two dozen patients, and a couple of those are children; most are middle-aged or older," said Ellen Smith, a nurse epidemiologist at St. Mary's Hospital.
The hospital has opened a contingency unit just for flu patients and has been stocking up on supplies to treat patients and protect staff.
"The more people that are not immunized, when we do have a virus that is easily spread like the one we're having this year, then we have a lot of people that are susceptible," Smith said.
Epidemiologists across the state said that two years of mild flu seasons have resulted in fewer people getting vaccinated this flu season.