MARQUETTE — The flu is hitting the nation hard and the U.P. is getting its fair share. An increased number of flu cases have been reported and health facilities say the amount of people coming in with the flu is increasing. Even those who have gotten a flu shot are not immune to this strain.

“People who have been vaccinated against influenza have also been getting influenza, however, we still recommend you still get vaccinated because the symptoms aren’t as severe and they don’t last as long against someone who has been vaccinated against it. And always remember to wash your hands, it is the number one way infections get spread so anytime you are coughing or sneezing, touching your face, you need to wash your hands. We also recommend that if you are going to cough or sneeze use your elbow or use a tissue,” said Laura McLain, Infection Preventionist, U.P. Health System, Marquette.

Health officials say they usually see a gradual increase, but this strain hit sudden and hard.

UP Health System Marquette has visitor restrictions in place until further notice to protect patients and employees from the flu.