According to the Spokane Heath District the swine flu is hitting our region early and hard, with three flu-related deaths in Eastern Washington so far this flu season.
Two of the deaths involved men in their 40's with underlying health issues, still shocking as deaths from the flu normally hit the elderly and very young.
Fever, chills, body aches, a sudden onset … classic symptoms of the virus nobody wants to catch.
"The common denominator with the flu is feeling bad all over," Doctor Roger Hanson with Providence Urgent Care said.
There are now 77 confirmed cases of the flu in Eastern Washington. This time last year that number was only 11.
"Every week we are doubling the number of cases we are seeing," Hanson said.
Hanson is keeping busy with flu cases right now.
"We can now do screening for influenza with a simple nose swab and have the answer back immediately," Hanson said.
It's important to get tested if you suspect flu as the virus can lead to other complications.
"Pneumonia, it can lead to sinus and ear infections, and it can give you a post-viral syndrome that can give you a bronchitis that can last up to six weeks," Hanson said.
Testing has also helped reveal that swine flu is dominant this season. The vaccine being given now includes H1N1 -- swine flu -- and there is no shortage in vaccines.
"It's never too late to get vaccinated, in fact, if you get vaccinated a week before the flu your flu symptoms will be less," Hanson said.
Vaccines can't give you the flu but there's also no guarantee you won't still get the flu after being vaccinated.
"The flu is very contagious, it's out there, you can run but you can't hide," Hanson said.
If the flu catches up with you, Providence recommends going to an urgent care clinic where you can get in an out in under an hour. ER visits, on the other hand, can take hours.
The H1N1 strain created a pandemic in 2009. Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Washington state's flu as "widespread" and flu season typically doesn't peak until February.