Published: Jan 28, 2014 10:07 PM EST

FORT MYERS, FL.-- At least one person has died of the swine flu in Southwest Florida and a second death is now being investigated.

2014 has already turned in to a deadly flu season.

in Lee County the Florida Department of Health tells WINK News that one man who had the virus died.

"This was a younger person who was a male in his 30's," said Jennifer Roth with the Florida Department of Health in Lee County.

In Collier County, a person in their 20's passed away from the H1N1 strain.
Heath officials in Collier also say 3 people have been hospitalized in need of intensive care.

"I can tell you this year we have had a lot more people in the 30 or 50 year old range," said Mary Briggs with the Lee Memorial Health System.

That's concerning to doctors because typically those who die or are hospitalized from the flu are 65 and older.
Roth says this year the main strain of the virus is H1N1 and says the symptoms are much worse.

"We are seeing more people with more severe cough, higher fever, and these people have to end up potentially hospitalized for more treatment," said Roth.

WINK News is also learning that Florida has the lowest flu immunization rate in the country for people 6 months and older.

"So people who are generally more healthy are getting hit harder and that's a concern," said Briggs.

Health officials say it is not too late to get your flu shot.