Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country
This year’s flu season got off to an early start, and it’s been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. In New York, state officials say a drastic rise in flu cases hospitalized more than 1,600 this past week.
The flu became intense last month in the U.S. The last two weekly report show flu widespread over the entire continental United States, which is unusual.
Usually, flu seasons start to wane after so much activity, but “it’s difficult to predict,” Jernigan said.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications. In a bad season, there as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu. In the U.S., annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older.