PORTLAND -- This year’s flu strain is especially severe and it has arrived in force, according to health experts.
In Oregon, the latest numbers from the state's Department of Health release Friday indicate that hospitalizations are on the rise.
There were 115 flu-related hospitalization reported statewide this week compared with 87 the week before.
Health officials urged anyone over the age of six months who has not gotten a flu shot to do so.
Doctors explained that people can still come down with the flu, even after they get a shot, but said it's usually less severe.
"Anytime you have the flu, you're pretty sick. But a lot of people say this flu is worse because it's upper respiratory and people tend to get more pneumonia with it,” said Dr. Shelle Barber. “The fever is a little higher they just feel worse in general."
Babies and seniors are especially vulnerable if they get the flu. Barber noted that the vaccine not only protects each person who gets it, but also the people they come in contact with.