If you were sick with the flu the first week of the new year, you weren’t alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the week ending January 6th was the overall peak of the flu season.

The CDC classified 2017-2018 as a high severity flu season with record hospitalization rates and record-breaking pediatric deaths.

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Pritish Tosh says shots are critical in the fight against the flu and “One thing to note is that even if people get influenza who got vaccinated, they are likely to have fewer complications.”

In Minnesota, there were five pediatric-related flu deaths and nearly 65-hundred people were hospitalized. The CDC reports influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated the flu season. Since March, influenza B viruses have been more common than A viruses.