The word "atypical" is being used to describe this year's flu season.
Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Health reported the first two pediatric flu deaths in the state: a 4-year-old from Montgomery County and an 18-month-old from Lucas County. Officials warn if you have flu-like symptoms you should not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes.
State health officials say widespread flu cases are being reported in Alabama, but the illness hasn't reached the level of a pandemic. "The best thing is, if you're at the right age, get vaccinated", stated Agnes A. Enrico-Simon, MD, family medicine physician, PVH.
"It is generally less for H3N2 than it is for H1N1 or influenza B".
"Signs to look out for are fever, body aches, it comes on pretty quickly and then you had headache and runny nose", said Andrew Zurcher, nurse practitioner at CHI Health's Quick Care on 50th and O streets. For the very young and very old, it can be very serious. Wake Forest Baptist, Cone Health, and Novant Health put in visitor restrictions for the rest of the flu season.
Jones says she has seen more flu cases this year than last. "So even if you get the flu, it will be a much more mild case of the flu than what you would have gotten".
H3N2 typically does produce an increased number of hospitalizations and deaths, Goldman said, and it has been making its mark in Pennsylvania, too.
The flu vaccine is still available. And stay home from work if you are sick to keep from spreading germs to coworkers.
Goldman noted Friday while some media reports have characterized this year's vaccine as less effective in stopping H3N2, people should remember the shot can still help people who come down with illness from getting as sick.
Aside from the vaccine, the CDC recommends people take their own steps to avoid the flu.