Greenville, SC -- Health officials say flu season is early this year, and the Carolinians are feeling the pain.
It's already been one of the worst flu seasons in a decade, and it's only going to get worse.
The flu season usually hits in January and February, but 14 people have died already in North Carolina, while 13 people have died in South Carolina.
Doctors' offices and emergency rooms in the Carolinas are filled with people suffering from flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches and high fever.
North Carolina Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies says this particular strain H3N2 is typically harder on older Americans than other ones.
Other states are in the middle of outbreaks, including Alaska, New York and Mississippi.
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