The Center for Disease Control says that there is now a flu epidemic in this country.
It says that 15 children have died so far from the virus nationwide.
The flu is also as dangerous for the elderly.
A local assisted living facility is on lock-down because so many living and working inside the building are sick.
There is a warning on the door of Misty Meadows in Metropolis, Illinois.
“No body can leave or come in until Monday,” said facility director Dana Legereit.
The hallways are empty except for masked employees who are sanitizing and running load after load of laundry.
Legereit says the flu has taken over.
“We have ten that have tested positive, five that are in the hospital and we have six that have flu-like symptoms,” said Legereit.
The doors are kept closed tight, keeping people who live there quarantined to their rooms.
Even the dining room is completely empty and meals are served to the rooms to limit exposure.
People living there, like Betty Morris, have to find ways to occupy their time.
“Been working my puzzle, trying to keep active,” said Morris.
She says the staff at Misty Meadows has taken every precaution to keep her free from the flu.
“I’ll be 85 in June, and I’m just blessed with good health,” said Morris.
She says she will keep working on her puzzle until the flu has run its course.
The facility director tells us flu shots are not mandatory, but are offered at Misty Meadows, and that the majority of people who live there were vaccinated.