Military mom wiping her daughter's runny nose

Americans are panicking as the potentially deadly H3N2 flu virus sweeps across the country. The aggressive strain of flu virus is behind the worst flu epidemic in history.

The flu epidemic is sweeping America as hospitalizations of children under 5-years-old has doubled in one week.

The flu epidemic is wreaking havoc on America’s most vulnerable citizens — children and the elderly. The child death toll is up from 13 to 20 deaths in one week.

Young woman blowing her nose with her boyfriend

But despite the alarming numbers, doctors say the flu epidemic has reached its “peak”.

The deadly H3N2 virus is now widespread in more than 46 states, and the rate of cases is quadruple that of previous years, the Daily Mail UK reports.

“Flu seasons every year are bad but this season is on the severe side,” said Dr Daniel Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the CDC in Atlanta.

Dr. Jernigan said there are still 11 to 13 more weeks of flu season to go before the threat is over.

One factor driving the epidemic is the H3N2 virus is resistant to current flu vaccines.

But Dr. Jernigan suggested Americans get vaccinated at local clinics, hospitals or drug stores anyway. He said it’s good to get vaccinated due to the emergence of new strains of influenza later in the flu season.

African American hand washing scrub technique

Dr. Jernigan said the CDC is concerned about controlling the virus, and he stressed following basic flu prevention techniques: Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Wearing a face mask is useless if you take the mask off and touch your nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Stock photos by Getty Images



  • Noirluv45

    I don’t do flu shots. I’ve heard of people getting them and then coming down with the flu anyway. It’s a shame to have to remind people to wash their hands and to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.

  • AQUEEN

    I had the flu all last week and it turned into acute bronchitis! I have never felt so bad…I am still under weather. I thought I was on my death bed! Please, be safe everyone..

  • Noirluv45

    Get well, Aqueen. I heard it was a beast.

  • AQUEEN

    Thanks!

  • Noirluv45

    You’re welcome.

  • Karen Brady

    Rest up, lots of water and get well soon. I’ve been lucky this season but trust me when I tell you I’ve been there a few times.

  • Karen Brady

    And some of these rral sick ones refuse to stay home. Women walking around here with damn bronchitis and want to chit chat. Stay the hell away from me and I have no problem telling them.

  • AQUEEN

    Thanks! I drive for Uber so I think I got expose to it from that..but I am keeping myself hydrated.

  • Karen Brady

    Oh yeah sis, that will do it. Hang in .. you’re on your way.. Sounds like the worst has passed. It’s no joke out here. .

  • AQUEEN

    Yea! I’m in Atlanta and they say the first cases were reported here. It’s a hot spot now.

  • Karen Brady

    I’m here too. It sure is!

  • Noirluv45

    Girl, that pisses me off when sick people don’t keep their behinds at home. Tell em, girl to stay away even if you have to use garlic.

  • NeverSurprised

    It’s amazing how effective hand washing is. I wash my hands MANY times a day and always carry antiseptic if I have to go to locations for meetings. etc. As a result I never the the flu. But I HATE it when people cough in public and don’t cover their mouths. I give them the dirtiest of looks.

  • Phillybruh

    The flu was fighting the flu shot we all got last week. It was terrible.

  • bemetoo

    But I thought those flu shots would help????

  • Anunnaki

    Is it really the flu, or is it radiation mix with normal flu, fukushima

  • justlooking

    Well folks are going to be double trip sick. Last week it was 5 degrees today it’s 65 and next week it will be 32.

    Folks don’t wash their hands and sneeze any all kind of way.

    When someone sneezes, cover your mouth and nose, then blow your nose
    When they cough you should cough in a napkin and blow your nose.

    These will help you with the germs. My doctor told me this last year when I was being admitted with the FLU. It’s no JOKE

  • Phillybruh

    They do help.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Still not getting the flu shot ?

  • justlooking

    Not this strain, they said it’s only 5 to 10 percent helpful.

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!! Garlic, onion, a damn cross.. I am NOT playing with these folks. Call my desk or email me. Don’t come sauntering in here and what you have to say could have been a quick email too! Smh.

  • Kemi

    There’s a stomach flu outbreak and I think the virus is new and most ppl are not resistant to it. I know a lot of ppl including myself who were sick with s/s of a stomach virus. Take care of yourselves out there.

  • Karen Brady

    I can’t.

  • justlooking

    Yes, be careful, it can linger and lead to flu, pneumonia and can take months to get rid of.

    Take Care of you.

  • Anunnaki

    A medicine cabinet must
    1. Black seed oil
    2. Activated charcoal
    3. Collide silver
    4. Moringa capsuls…
    Daily doses, if u miss a day just take the next…i dont get sick, i actually thought something was wrong with me….my doc said your immune system is strong. Not saying theres not other meds, but i swear these have been a blessing to me…i dont even catch colds and thats odd to me…

  • Nathan Hastings

    Illegal immigrants have brought over these different strains of the flu.

  • AQUEEN

    Thanks! where do you get these items?
    Whole foods?

  • You Could Never

    The is a bish who sits next to me over there <<<<< who hacks ALL damn day. We call her Typhoid Mary. She got hired in Oct and been coughin since the damn day she got here. A deep mucousy hocking sounding ass cough. If I die know it was her nasty ass. I try to spray and Lysol after she leaves every day. Yall pray for me

  • Anunnaki

    Look on line for the best potent. Herbs stores are the most potent i found

  • You Could Never

    Collodial silver and Manuka honey my go-to’s. Silver. I put that shit on everything

  • Anunnaki

    Everydamday u hear me, girl i keep it

  • Kemi

    Black seed oil is the truth!! Taste like an engine oil but very effective. Its regular is very beneficial. I slipped 2weeks for not using it, then got the stomach bug

  • Anunnaki

    Yep. I hate the taste but gotta have it in my life

  • Rayne

    Uh uh nope I’m still not taking a flu shot! No sir ree bob.

  • Rayne

    I got all of that!

  • Kemi

    Lol ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    A charter school, Democracy Prep Charter High, sent a letter to their student’s parents informing them that the children would no longer be able to speak “black vernacular”. Instead, the students would be required to use standard English.

    Ummm can we get a post on this Sandra Rose? The letter was very poorly written. Ironic.

  • Liah

    Nope…No flu shot for me

  • Queen B

    Damn im in Atlanta too ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Damn!!! Sounds like she got that death-rattle cough! Maybe she’s a smoker…

  • JRock

    I really suspect some people are trying to get sick on purpose just to get a week off from work. It was 13 degrees last week and I saw the following people come in and out of the 7-11. A lady with shorts sleeves on and no coat (granted she was the big one from Kung Scull Island). Then 2 whyte dudes came in with tees and shorts. Then a couple of days later it was back up to 60 then back down to 22. No coats, no hats, nothing. These people were making me sneeze and cough just looking at them. This stuff gets in your bones and stay there and then when you get older you wonder why you stay on the sick and shut-in list. It was 67 yesterday. I had my heavy coat, scarf and hat on. Did I look crazy? Damn straight. But I was warm. I don’t play with pneumonia weather and that’s all this is.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Nope!!! You will NOT catch me getting no kinda free vaccination from this here government!! Doc asked me why and I said I’ve got two words for you: ‘Tuskegee Experiment’. I take a big ole mason jar filled with lemon water are a quarter teaspoon of garlic every morning. I’m good.

  • Dowoop

    You dont catch the flu from outside being cold….Not saying you wont catch something but it wont be the flu

  • Dowoop

    So the vaccine is useless but you should get it anyway? This is why me and mines dont get the flu shot.

  • Anunnaki

    Lol

  • Dowoop

    I find that shit so disgusting when im at work. Or the nasty ass nose blowing. Like go to the bathroom so something.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I’m with you on all of this! I don’t get sick either. If I do get a head cold it last exactly one day…

  • Dowoop

    What did the legal migrants from the same place bring?

  • OvertheMississippi

    Mine never have and never will!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Any recommendations on a good colloidal silver brand? I bought a machine years ago to make my own but didn’t trust myself to make it correctly…

  • JRock

    Maybe so, but I’m not taking any chances. Went to visit someone in the hospital yesterday and I had my mask on before I hit entered. Someone asked me if the reason I was wearing the mask was because I had the flu. I said nope I’m trying to keep from getting the flu.

  • Dowoop

    Same here!

  • Quitedeliteful

    (granted she was the big one from Kung Scull Island)
    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““
    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!! I hear you though… The youngsters on my job crack up when they see me all bundled up.The days of me freezing for beauty are over. Muvah must be warm and healthy at all times…

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Yyyeeesssss

  • MsVida

    I have a huge can of Lysol in every room. I’m spraying the chit out of everything in site…if you’re walking in my house you’re getting a spray down and some hand sanitizer.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!

  • JRock

    This muvah must be warm and healthy at all times too! LOL

    Sometime, I see women standing at the bus stop freezing with no hat or scarf on. I’m like in between all that sneezing and coughing you better run back in the house and get a hat and scarf before you miss your bus. To hell with trying to keep your doo from getting crushed. Or, as you said the days of freezing for beauty are over.

  • MissHarlem

    Y’all can get those shots if ya want to ? don’t even know the chemicals they injecting you with but go ahead. I also love that people about to fall into the trap with this constant media flu coverage ??

  • jazmine

    The worst I’ve ever heard y’all say about the flu shot is that you got a bad cold after getting it but it’s somehow worse then death to people

  • pecancandy

    Can we get an open post. I need to talk to Rose Garden about something.

  • justlooking

    Do it, then ask for forgiveness, I will be cracking open a bottle. I mean clocking off soon.

  • Darkandlovely617?

    ??
    Hope all is well

  • justlooking

    The was so kind of you, look at my comment. You have shamed me. HUGS

    Yes, I too hope all is well

  • justlooking

    Hey Pecan, Seriously I hope all is well and not too deep. Whispers iono have no bail money.

  • justlooking

    Lissen Vida, I’m the same. I put several caps of bleach in my dish water and wipe down door knobs, stairs rails and only use my master bath…and limit my guests during these winter months. I don’t go to lunch and limit my eating out. It’s that serious.

  • justlooking

    I get it, I remember I didn’t get and I had a fever for days they couldn’t break.

  • pecancandy

    Ok, you twisted my arm. When I have an orgasm I get extreme pain in my right groin area.

  • justlooking

    cod liver oil

  • justlooking

    Is that was you look so young and so skinny.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    “A common cold.” It just takes me back a couple weeks ago when my manager made that statement, asking what the dr say I had.

  • Soda

    We Black women have to care about ourselves because as we already know, a lot of other people couldn’t care less about us. https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/11/16879984/serena-williams-childbirth-scare-black-women

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I’m all ears. I recommend night owl drive bys and a google number.

  • justlooking
  • bhavana

    I wish more people would wash their hands. I work at a hospital, and you’d be surprised the number of health care professionals who blow their nose, but don’t wash their hands. It’s absolutely disgusting.

  • justlooking

    You should have said privacy and possible lawsuit.

  • Phyllis

    We have had 5 deaths here in Htown. Me and my fam don’t get the flu shot cause we are very aware. #carryon #getawarefolks

  • justlooking

    This is exactly how they do us. We aren’t suppose to feel pain like white women, we can take it. We are often left in pain..They must be reading how to treat a slave 101 in medical school.

    I try not to see white male or female physicians. I tend to see Asians, or Hispanics. I suffer with migraines and severe insomnia.

  • imright

    wow this is scary !!!

  • pecancandy

    Well you asked for it please advise

  • imright

    we ??? ???

  • Soda

    Yes, I’m referring to the sistas, as does the article.

  • pecancandy

    Yeah, I said below when I orgasm I get extreme pain in my right groin. Don’t know what to make of it.

  • imright

    im allergic to them !! found out the hard way !! throat closed up & hives !!! scary !!!

  • imright

    i misread ur comment ? sorry. disregard.

  • Soda

    Okay, let’s both edit them out!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOL. HIPAA. Uh huh.

  • Noirluv45

    My sister said they do that on purpose. Do whatever you have to do to keep their sick asses away!

  • justlooking

    It sounds like soft tissue injury. I mean what ya’ll doing somersaults. Soak in a very warm bath in Epsom salt. FACEPLAM

    In in continues see a medical physician as I’m unlicensed.

  • Noirluv45

    Isn’t it disgusting?! My doctor walked in the room and didn’t wash his hands. I politely ask him to. Sickening!

  • Noirluv45

    No we aren’t. We are the “strong” Black women able to leap tall buildings, outrun trains, and save the world. We definitely have to take care of ourselves. So many times we are always looking out for others and forget about ourselves.

  • Noirluv45

    Hey Pecan, did you Google it. There’s a lot of hits. I guess others experience that too.

    https://www.steadyhealth.com/topics/lower-abdominal-pain-during-orgasm?page=2

  • pecancandy

    Thanks

  • Tammie Reed

    I just got over the flu today, thank goodness! I don’t know how I caught the bug either because I hardly go anywhere and I work from home. My kids never got sick either, so weird! It hit me like a mack truck too, but I was only sick for about 48hrs.

  • Tammie Reed

    Oh no! I have NEVER had a flu shot, my grandma warned me!

  • justlooking

    That’s right!

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Many people who think they have the flu don’t. It has to be diagnosed by a medical professional…

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    UTI?

  • Karen Brady

    Me too!

  • pecancandy

    Thanks that is exactly what I have intense pain near my right ovary. My injune ligament may be affected.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    A few ingredients include mercury*, formaldehyde, and cell tissue from aborted fetuses. May also have pig cell tissue as well.

    No thanks

  • Noirluv45

    You’re welcome. Definitely get that check out if you can.

  • MissHarlem

    Yup foh with that. I work in healthcare and they can’t pay me to get it. Technically they do and it’s a resounding fck no.

  • Karen Brady

    Same here..walking the halls at work with lysol can. I’m not playing.

  • Karen Brady

    Same! I don’t want to be in the mall..nothing

  • Karen Brady

    That’s right!

  • SumthinSweeter

    I believe it. I work in a hospital too. I wash my hands so much and use hand sanitizer faithfully that my hands feel dehydrated. Gotta tighten up on adding in my hand lotion into the routine. But it seems as soon as I put some on, I’m right back at the sink washing them again.

  • NicoleZee

    Sadly, most people are nasty. They don’t wash their hands or body, they don’t know how to handle and store food properly, and they keep nasty houses. So it’s no wonder that so many people get sick each year with colds and flu. Sad. I had a bad cold over the holidays. I wash my hands and have great hygiene, but my immune system is very weak. So naturally I always get sick and I get infections very easily, another reason I stopped going to people’s houses.

  • NicoleZee

    I don’t care about a doctor’s race, it’s the nasty stank attitudes I will not tolerate. Female doctors are the absolute worst, I prefer male doctors. The funny thing is, if someone doesn’t like people of color or poor people, then why become a doctor, especially in America??? Most doctors are arrogant, over paid pieces of shit, but there are some good ones. Also, if you have crappy insurance or you’re poor, then more than likely you will never get the best treatment or see better doctors. Sad.

    Sorry about your migraines, I suffer from them too, since childhood. I take Magnesium daily and Morphine when the pin gets severe. I hate being on a narcotic, but with my long list of drug allergies, I am limited on what I can take. My neurologist is the best doctor I have ever had. He is from China and is just an overall incredible human being :).

  • justlooking

    Sorry about your migraines. Actualky th ey stopped inxe I stopped eating meat. Gkady you found doc that respects your needs.

  • pure_rachet

    I was on medi-cal last year and they forced me to get it to keep the aid. I caught pneumonia, but only after the aid had run out. It was terrible. Never again.

  • pure_rachet

    good idea! never thought twice about eating out. Thanks!

  • pure_rachet

    Lol I bundle up here in Cali. Everyone thinks I’m nuts at work with a scarf and sweater. If its not at least 80 degrees in my house the heater is on and I’m in a robe.

  • pure_rachet

    #metoo LOL it was BAD!!!

  • pure_rachet

    Oil of Oregano

  • MythCalledLove

    Every since I saw the episode of the P.J.’s where the government came to give them free flu shots. Aint been right since..lol Seriously though I don’t trust the government. Conspiracy theorist

  • MythCalledLove

    Look out for the white coat, and necktie. My doc acted like he was offended. Hell I’m offended that you offended..lol He is the doctor. I don’t even use utensils or drink out a glass when I’m out. Staph infections in hospitals are off the charts. The hospital I worked at had it bad in of all places a neonatal unit.

  • Vixen

    Its said you should cough into your sleeve instead of your hand because people are always touching things…door knobs, tables, other people etc. husband caught it at work and brought it home to the youngest, youngest passed it on to an older brother. At first I went into a disinfectant frenzy then said, nope I will do like the older days and allow this bug in so everyone can catch it. Due to the older brothers being on vacation from college I figured let them catch it before they return to school because we all know college students will go to class no matter how sick they are.

  • HTOWNPuffPuffBlockGameStrong

    Yes girl I saw that on the news the other day, I am so with you on not getting the flu shot, for some reason they are demanding Americans to get them.
    Anywho… praying all stay healthy! ?

  • Noirluv45

    Oh, you better believe I do. You are telling the truth! Hospitals are some of the nastiest places. People go there to get better and end up with all kinds of staph infections and crap. It’s a dang shame…the neonatal unit?! ?

  • ArDnAhC45

    I’ve been getting the flu shot for over 18 years. The last time i had the flu was when I was 12. And I work in the healthcare industry.

  • Phyllis

    Me and my oldest child got the flu shot 13 years ago and I swear we were sick as hell afterwards. I vowed never to get that mess again. I know that doctors suggest that people over 60 and kids should get it, but it’s their job to do that.

  • Karen Brady

    Are you in Atl?

  • ?Royalty?

    ?Let me tell you….I stopped getting the “flu shot” years ago.
    I haven’t had the flu since.

  • ?Royalty?

    Valentine’s Day is coming and I’m uninterested in the government’s germ warfare games. ?

  • End of days

    People better wake up to what is heading our way. If you are not a rich white elite then you are going to suffer unless you are prayed up. But the devil time is almost up.

    “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

    “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

  • the guest

    Garlic and lemon water are the best preventatives. Never trusted the free flu shot promotions.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Sandra slick posting pictures of only black people. Black propaganda at its finest.

  • Layah Jhene

    Feverfew and Blue Vervain Tea for Migraines, German Chamomile and Valerian Root Tea for Insomnia. WARNING Valerian root smells horrible but great for Insomnia Lol. Get well

  • justlooking

    Thank you. ??

  • Layah Jhene

    You’re welcome

  • KIDS UNDER 8 = FLU SHOTS

    All children should get FLU shots, adults if it is your decision not to get one thats on you, but it is hard for children to fight off the FLU, so don’t be ignorant and stupid and take care of your children…..Some of you don’t even know the issues of the FLU shot but you hear other folks then make a stupid ass decision about your children.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    People dont get it Chile. I don’t vaccinate myself or my children. Just natural herbs and black seed oil to keep their immune system strong. Keep trusting these pharmaceutical companies pumping mercury and everything else into these babies? I’m sure a majority of these folks recently got the flu shot smdh

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    And they get a cut from the companies they purchase the shots from?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Lol I was in IHOP the other day and asked the waitress for hot water in a tea cup. She thought I wanted tea, but I politely put my silverware in the cup while I waited for my food. She gave me the sideeye??

  • MythCalledLove

    The flu shot is the one thing they freely give to the citizens. They hv put it into our minds that it’s needed every year. So every year we let them give us this”vaccine” no questions asked. Just roll up your sleeve and let them inject a “vaccine.

  • MythCalledLove

    You forgot money. ..lol

  • Look@m3

    same here….

  • Look@m3

    did you get the shot? before you got the flu

  • Tammie Reed

    I refuse to get the flu shot, sorry lol.

  • Desiree Edwards

    I’ve had the flu for about a week! I felt like i was going to die! Still not fully recovered yet!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Nope not crazy, it’s common sense. People are so used to being led they can’t think independently. Everyone at my job that got the shot is sick as hell and it still hasn’t clicked. I’ll stick to my herbs

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Stay clean.
    Stay Prayed Up.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    U better say it!!!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Try pipingrock.com there is always a discount code on retailmenot. U will pay double at whole foods#helpful