Wolfe said part of the change has to do with the strand of virus.
"I think this year the real big thing is it's been a real reversion back to H1N1," Wolfe said.
But why are the young and the healthy being affected greater than any other age group?
Wolfe said it's hard to tell, but it seems many older patients have seen the H1N1 virus before, giving their immune system a better chance to fight it off.
But he said another striking detail: "People who were most unwell tended to be, here at Duke at least, the ones who were not vaccinated, and that was a surprising difference to us."
WNCN checked the numbers state-wide. Of the cases recorded, 82 percent of deaths were people who were not vaccinated.
For some, the fear of the flu shot is more than just the needle. Many ask: Can you get the flu from a flu shot?
"No, it's a clear no," Wolfe explained.
It takes the flu shot a good 10 to 14 days to fully kick in and doctors say it generally reduces your chance of getting the flu by almost 67 percent.
What researchers have now discovered is that the initial prevention of the flu isn't necessarily the most important benefit of the flu shot. More so, it's keeping you out of the ICU if you do catch the virus.
"A two thirds reduce chance of getting the flu is better than nothing, but if you're in that one-third group and you still get sick, you've reduced your chance of getting critically sick," Wolfe said.
So how do you know when it's time to move beyond the tea and honey and see a doctor?
"If you feel like you're doing OK but then three, four, five days into it you really start feeling more sick again. You're the person who should come see a doctor," Wolfe explained.
While we are approaching the end of the flu season, Wolfe said it's not too late to get that shot.
"When I can sit here with a vaccine that reduces the chance of that, to me it's a no brainer," he said.
For Goans, it's a choice she said she no longer has to think about.
"I really hope this makes people more aware of how serious this is," she said. "You just never thought that could happen, especially to someone our age and someone like [Arika] -- so full of life."
Wolfe said there are three main reasons we have a flu season:
Certain strands of the flu virus tend to grow and develop better during weather conditions found in the colder months;
During the colder months, people are usually more bundled up together, making it easier to pass along the flu virus;
People usually develop more mucus during the colder months, giving the virus a better chance of attaching itself.
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