Following recent reports of Aussie Flu and now French Flu viruses sweeping the country, now doctors in the United Kingdom are encouraging parents to have their kids vaccinated against Yamagata flu strain.
"Flu is everywhere in the USA right now", Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on a conference call.
"At a public health level that is a lot less flu and it may also be reducing the impact of the virus on those that do get it".
In St. Louis County, cases of the flu have nearly doubled since mid-December. "Everywhere from babies to elderly are getting it".
Tarrant County has also reported three deaths due to the flu, making it nearly 30 people who have died from the influenza virus in North Texas.
"With it not working as well, more of our patients are coming in sicker", she said.
In December, the state announced its first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season.
Healthcare providers are required to report cases of the flu in patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit or deaths associated with the flu among people younger than 65.
There were seven pediatric flu deaths last week, bringing the total to 20 for the flu season, the CDC said.
The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. "Drink lots and lots of water and treat the symptoms - Tylenol, Motrin - for fever". But the severity of this flu season isn't expected to be quite as bad as the 2014-15 season, during which vaccine effectiveness was very low and there were about 700,000 hospitalizations.
According to Mosaic, the second issue is that the flu vaccine is perceived to not be as effective this year as it normally would be.
It's not advised to see your doctor if you think you may have flu, as the virus could spread to other people in the waiting room.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
"With a 48 percent increase in flu cases during this past week, I urge Delawareans to take the flu seriously, and if you have not already done so, to get your flu vaccine as soon as possible", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.
Dr Coyle also suggested covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. That means washing your hands, using a hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the inside of your arm.