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.

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  • Lisa Schultz | Jan 20,2018

    Yes…people need to realize that it’s not too late. Many strains–get one!

  • Round Lake Area News | Jan 20,2018

    Hey, Steve Patnou did your fever finally break?

  • Christine Semrich | Jan 20,2018


  • Kira Kruckow | Jan 20,2018

    It was mandatory at my job to get the flu shot this year . . .

    • Round Lake Area News | Jan 20,2018

      Most hospitals also make it mandatory for all their employees

      • Karina | Jan 20,2018

        Yes they sure did it mandatory I took it and I still get very sick with neumonía 😞

  • MindynEric Lindholm | Jan 20,2018

    We do not get the flu shot for ourselves or any of our five children, never have. We’re all very healthy.

  • Katie Osmon | Jan 20,2018

    Never had a flu shot, neither has my son. I will never get one and neither will my son.

  • Caitlin Wagner | Jan 20,2018


  • Gabriela Ramirez | Jan 20,2018

    Never got one, don’t plan to and it’s been quite a few years since I have not gotten sick. Thank God.

  • Jessica Boling | Jan 20,2018

    Nope and nope

  • Billie Sue Braun | Jan 20,2018

    Never will

  • Jason Marvin | Jan 20,2018

    i will never get a flu shot because it makes you more sicker

  • Tim James | Jan 21,2018

    Will never get one

  • Marie Johnson | Jan 21,2018

    Nope & will not… not trust the government & giving them for free….whoa who knows whats in that stuff

  • Heather Friedrich | Jan 21,2018

    I got it in Sept 2017, got the flu the last week of November and then got it a second time two weeks later. It was horrible!!

  • Julie Ann Alberts | Jan 21,2018

    I never use to get the flu or pneumonia shot but for the last 10 years I have. Although I have been sick a couple times it was mild compared to when I didn’t get the shots.

  • Monika Schwesig | Jan 21,2018

    Nope never

  • Alan Saul | Jan 21,2018

    Vaccine industry is the only industry in America you can not sue if they harm or kill you. They have board that hears the cases and pays out rarely but you cant tell anyone ever about the results of the settlements. Thats why everyone wants their vaccine on the mandatory list, pure profits. This should be illegal!!!!

  • Adam Johnson | Jan 22,2018

    Oh hell to the no! Aint putting dat crap into my body! Nope to the nope!

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