Have you look at the Google Flu Trends map lately? Goodness, it is bad. Flu levels are listed as "intense" for a majority of the United States with the rest still experiencing "high" levels. Only two states (Connecticut and Hawaii) aren't in one of those two categories.
According to Google's reports (which have proven very accurate), this is the worst flu season we have seen in over 6 years. It seems like every time I turn around someone else I know has gotten the flu. Unfortunately it's not a mild influenza virus either. For most people who get it, the symptoms are lasting 7 to 10 days and the fever, cough and sore throat are severe.
The CDC wants to remind us all that it isn't too late to get a flu vaccine. Although there have been some cases of people getting strains of the flu that aren't included in the vaccine, the vast majority of cases that have been identified are strains that are in this year's flu vaccine, meaning if you get vaccinated, you are much less likely to get the flu than if you don't. And remember, if you get the vaccine and still get the flu - you should have milder symptoms which go away more quickly.
Don't delay - get your flu vaccine now and encourage others to get theirs as well.
If you do get the flu, we have plenty of resources here to help you figure out what you should do. Stay healthy everyone!