ANN ARBOR – Officials at the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that this year’s flu season is the worst since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and it’s far from over.

According to the CDC, the number of people experiencing flu-like symptoms is on the rise and so are hospitalizations for those suffering from the illness.

To date, 37 children have died of the flu nationwide.

Of the two strains recorded this season, the H3N2 virus is affecting the majority of those with the flu and is known to be deadly.

Michigan is one of the states with the highest reported number of cases, categorized as a “widespread” flu outbreak.