The flu spreads to more than 40 states

This could be due, in part, to relatively low levels of vaccination on a national level, with only about half of the USA population electing to receive a flu vaccine on any given year, Ted M. Ross, PhD, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Infectious Disease and director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, told Contagion.

Flu shots are relatively cheap - with some places offering it for free - and other big box pharmacies and grocery stores offering the flu shot for under $50, according to 20 Something Finance.

"We are definitely beginning to encounter the peak of flu season", Jamie Swift, Mountain States corporate director of infection prevention said.

The woman was a resident of a long-term care facility, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

In Ulster, call the Department of Health flu hotline at 845-340-3093.

Hospitalizations among people in their 50s and 60s are also increasing, and may actually be outpacing those for children, the CDC reported.

"While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity and length of the season varies from one year to another", Nordlund said.

Dr. David Gerson, a family doctor with Baptist Health, said that he has seen an upswing in flu cases over the last few weeks in the Natural State.

In the 2015-2016 flu season, there were a total of seven weeks in January and February that were deemed above the epidemic threshold.

Flu activity in SC is high and widespread right now.

For more information about the flu and ways to protect yourself from it, visit the CDC's website.

The Department of Health recommends that everyone 6 months or older receive a flu vaccination. And in Montgomery County, flu shots are available at the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health immunization clinic.

"It would have been better to get vaccinated in October, and you may want to think about that next year, but you can still get vaccinated and see benefit from it", Brammer said.

In a release, officials reported the death of a 74-year-old Sussex County woman who was diagnosed with the flu, as well as other underlying health conditions. "But you should also cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze".