Is it just me, or is everyone sick right now? The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.

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Health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet, which means were going to get even more sick this year!

'I think we're still accelerating, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman said recently.

The newest numbers from the CDC indicate that 29 states and New York City reporting high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states and New York City just last week.

Overall, 41 states reported cases.

So it turns out that are five weeks ahead of the average flu season said the lead member of the surveillance and response team that monitors influenza for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and it hasn't been this bad or early since 2003 to 2004.