BOSTON (CBS) – The flu epidemic is hitting Massachusetts hard.

Thursday night, another patient died from influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital, the eleventh person to die in the past two months.

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Hospital officials say their emergency room is packed with flu patients every day and at least 90 staff members of the hospital have been diagnosed.

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Part of the reason for the epidemic is health experts say the current batch of flu vaccination is not as effective.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) visited the Boston hospital on Friday to call on Congress to invest $1 billion over five years for researchers to create a new universal flu vaccine.

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Markey said he will introduce the Flu Vaccine Bill next week.