So you know how everybody you know, whether they live here or not, seems to have the flu or be related to someone who has the flu or whose best friend has the flu?
Yeah, that’s probably on us. As in: Texas.
The Center for Disease Control's completely fascinating influenza activity map displays how Louisiana and/or Mississippi is where the great unpleasantness began, then off to Texas, where everyone seems to have traveled to neighboring states to the east and west.
By the start of 2018, the flu was officially everywhere in the States. This particular strain, H3N2, is hard to prevent with a flu shot.
As Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, put it, “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”