The peak of flu season is still to come, but according to the Center for Disease Control the U.S. is already suffering from the flu in epidemic numbers in 37 states.
California is one of the states considered "widespread".
— Dr. Nancy Messonnier (@DrNancyM_CDC) January 27, 2017
Three children in the nation died from the flu in January. Doctors advise the public to get their flu shots as soon as possible, because it can take up to two weeks to be fully effective.
Flu season runs from October to March, usually peaking in February.