The flu is widespread in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Most states are seeing an increase right now, and we are no exception", Buchanan said.
Week 52 had 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which increased from 554 during Week 51.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map showed IL in the highest bracket for flu activity.
The CDC said that across the nation, about 5 percent of patients saw their doctors for flu-like symptoms in the week ending December 23, compared with 2.2 percent of patients doing so during the same week in 2016.
The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza such as the elderly, pregnant women and young children, as well as healthcare workers and family and friends of anyone at high risk.
The Ohio Department of Health, as of Friday, is reporting over 2,000 flu-associated hospitalizations in the 2017-18 season.
Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it.
So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 13 people have died from the virus since September.
That year saw 15 flu deaths statewide, the most in recent memory, according to health officials. "Our census has been high through the holidays, but not just due to the flu season", said Linda Burt, vice president of Quality and Community Services.
"It's still not too late to get your flu shot", Suffoletto said.
"The vaccine is the best protection there is against flu", he added.
The last time they needed an extended treatment area was during the 2009 flu pandemic.
"They need to protect that baby with a cocoon of people who are vaccinated around them so they are less likely to make that very vulnerable baby sick." she said.
Suffoletto said it's crucial to take the small steps, such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands.