This year's flu may feel particularly nasty, especially if you're ill or caring for a sick family member, but we haven't reached "pandemic" level of flu, and death rates in the USA aren't shocking authorities at the CDC, who typically report tens of thousands of flu deaths every year.
In California, hospitals have imported nurses from out of state, canceled surgeries and triaged flu patients through makeshift tents set up in their parking lots, according to a Los Angeles Times report earlier this month.
Adenovirus infections "usually occur sporadically - here a case, there a case - so outbreaks are pretty rare", Schaffner said.
According to the CDC, the adenovirus can lead to everything from the common cold, to conjunctivitis, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis), and neurologic disease, conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord.
"There are many older Arkansans who have risk factors".
"You are a hero if you protect your health", she said.
Locally, there are several options to get the shot.
As a way to battle the spread of flu, Katherine Wells, director of public health at the Lubbock Health Department, said the Health Department has offered flu clinics every day this week as a response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to encourage the flu vaccination. The area has been hit hard by the virus, with Dallas County's Health and Human Services department recently announcing 6 new flu deaths there, bringing the county's total to 49 flu deaths this season.
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"The flu vaccine is a very safe vaccine that saves lives", Bocchini said.
"And remember it's not too late to get a flu shot for yourself and for your child".
Matthew Miller, who studies the flu at McMaster University in Canada, told Business Insider that preliminary data from America's northern neighbor suggests the Canadian boomers are just as sick as their American counterparts.
"Symptoms of the flu may include headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above and feeling feverish or having chills", Morgan said. There is no cure, but there are anti-viral medications. "Do not send them to school if you notice your child displaying any flu-like symptoms".
If you're already sick, the CDC says you should limit your contact with other people and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has disappeared.
When the flu becomes severe, some people may need immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.
Call your doctor or take your child to the doctor right away if they develop flu symptoms.