Getting the flu shot isn't just about protecting your health.
That is more than double the number reported this time past year, and officials say it's a potential signal of a rough flu season to come.
Shaun Jayakar - a family medicine specialist from St. John Hospital in Detroit - said it's too soon to draw these conclusions.
Even though the effectiveness of this year's vaccine is low, Games says it's still worthwhile to get a flu shot. "We do know the flu shot is very safe and is the best protection we have against influenza".
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, can impact anyone, but serious complications can occur for people 65 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, and in pregnant women and young children, according to the CDC.
The Kern Public Health department is urging anyone who hasn't yet received a vaccination - especially those in high risk groups - to get the flu shot.
This may be why Australia has seen a record number of hospitalizations and severe flu cases this year. Researchers explained that the strain of the flu virus that manufacturers used to produce the shots has just mutated rendering the drugs almost useless.
Practicing good hygiene can offer you and those around you some protection from getting sick. "If you haven't got your flu shot already, go ahead and get your flu shot", said Kent Donahue with the Florida Department of Health.
Flu vaccinations are typically available for a fee through physician offices, the health department or drugstores.
"Flu is really hard to predict, " she told Capitol Media Services. "Were only talking about one strand that is in the flu shot". The number of cases took flu's designation from sporadic outbreaks to widespread.
"We're expecting a fairly severe flu season", said Swift.
Flu season is ramping up with winter coming and state officials say at least one death has been reported.
"Influenza is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for more than 200,000 hospital admissions and 40,000 deaths every year", said Sue Lennon, director of employee health services, MidMichigan Health.
The NHS explains that the main symptoms include a fever of more than 38C, a chesty cough, headache, tiredness and aching muscles as well as a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.
People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children.
"Certainly the activity is increasing, but we're not at our peak or anything". As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common.