The 2017-2018 flu season is getting nastier than usual. Many states are reporting much higher rates of flu-related hospitalizations than at this point a year ago.
For instance, emergency rooms in California and Arizona are packed with flu sufferers, and drugs that ease the illness are in short supply as doctors struggle with the spike in cases, according to an article on the Medicine Net website.
The misery is not just in the West, however. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that DuPage County weekly influenza surveillance reports are showing totals four times higher compared to the same period last year. There were 17 people admitted to the intensive care units of county hospitals during the last two weeks of December 2017 compared to only six ICU admissions as of Dec. 31, 2016.