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.READ MORE: Massachusetts Nurses Union Wants Baker's Help To Address 'Overwhelmed And Burned Out' Workers
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.READ MORE: Brad Marchand Snatches Fan's Phone, Records Hilarious Message Before Bruins-Capitals Game
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.MORE NEWS: Bruins Upset With 'Cheap Hit' That Knocked Brad Marchand Out Of Win Over Capitals
Markey said he will introduce the Flu Vaccine Bill next week.