Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years.
Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it.
In the last week of December flu was widespread in 41 states; flu-related child and infant deaths climbed to 18 and outpatient visits for flu symptoms had jumped to 5.6 percent.
The CDC's Tom Skinner says the vaccine is well-matched to this year's flu strains, but isn't 100 percent effective.
It does reduce the severity of the illness for those who do get it, though -- so it's still worth a shot.
But not everyone wants a flu shot.
Last week, an Indiana hospital fired eight employees, including at least three veteran nurses, after they refused mandatory flu shots.
That has stirred up controversy over employee rights versus patient safety.
The hospital imposed mandatory vaccines because of the rise in flu cases.
Do you feel medical workers should be required to get flu shots or should it be a personal decision?
Would you like to see it taken a step further and see teachers be required to get flu shots?
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