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The disease "really has reached virtually the entire component of the United States," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The partial shutdown of the federal government may be over, but the health effects are likely to linger.
Some signs in area parking lots and store windows advertise "Flu Shots Available Today." In many cases, however, the signs are overly optimistic or outright wrong.
The flu season this year has been a deadly one, with 18 children who have already died from influenza-related illness since its beginning.
A group of three medical clinics in Maryland gave out more than 100 free flu shots during a weekend event.