I am not sure it is worse than in previous years. Every year (it seems) they say "this flu season is very bad!" It is a little bit like the boy who cried wolf. This is one area where I think observations are the way to go; do people in your area seem to becoming down with the flu (the real flu) in numbers greater than you have seen in previous years? Personally, I have not seen an upswing this year - but he flu runs through this area in late February - I still have a bit to go!
yes, it does seem worse this year here....our state health dept put out stats saying last year there were only 500 confirmed cases, and this year already its over 1700...theres been a lot of illness this year in school too,and it seemed to have started earlier this year as well.