The Alabama Department of Public Health said significant flu activity has been detected in seven of eight districts in the state, with only Mobile listed as having "no significant influenza activity".
Taylor said the ADPH is seeing B strain flu show up early this year, which is considered highly contagious.
The past week saw another sharp increase in flu cases.More news: Samsung TVs will be among first certified by 8K Association
"The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season - this is going to be a bad season", Fauci told CNN.
"So our message is simple: the flu season is here, get your jab now".
Five more children died over the last week, bringing the total to 27 for the 2019-2020 flu season.
Since the season began in October, CDC has estimated that at least 6.4 million has suffered from the flu, where 55,000 of them were hospitalized.More news: Texas man reported missing 11 days ago found alive in Grand Canyon
The weekly update shows influenza activity is still widespread across the state.
There have been 459 flu-related hospitalizations the season-that's more than three times as many as past year at this time.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. That is compared to 750 this time past year. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza, including children under age 2, pregnant women and adults over age 65. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed.More news: Sabres trade Marco Scandella to Canadiens for draft pick