The amount of people hospitalized for flu-like illnesses may be the highest the CDC has seen since starting its current tracking system this year 2010. The dominant flu strain this year, influenza A , is potent especially, associated with severe death and disease, particularly among children and older people. The outbreak has already reached nearly every corner of the united states, with every constant state except Hawaii and Oregon reporting widespread flu, Schuchat said. She urged ill visitors to stay home and said it really is still not really too late for folks to obtain a flu vaccine, that provides some protection.