As soon as your nose starts running, your body starts aching, and your fever spikes, you know you've come down with the worst winter sickness out there: the flu. According to the , there have been nearly 9,000 confirmed flu-related hospitalizations since October, which is almost double from this time last year. Multiple deaths are also being reported, including a from the virus. Here's how to keep this illness from infiltrating your home.More
"This seems to be the worst flu season we've had here in the last 10 to 15 years," Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at the Southern California hospital, told ABC's .
One of the reasons this season has been so dangerous is because the dominant strain, H3N2, and has an impressive .
The says flu symptoms usually start suddenly, not gradually, and some of the signs you've come down with it include a fever or feeling chills, a cough, a sore through, a stuffy or runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. It's important to note that the also CDC says "not everyone with flu will have a fever."
Since the virus typically , try these tricks to help avoid getting the flu.