According to (WFLA) – A deadly strain of the flu is infecting people across the nation and right here in the Tampa Bay area.

Patients are calling in sick with the dreaded virus.

Walk-in clinics and hospitals are busy treating flu victims.

They’re coming in with headaches, high fever, body aches and this year, a bad cough.

With the flu taking hold in Florida, it’s likely you’ve got it, had it or at least know somebody who has.

“You can tell, people have flu face. When they come in, I know that they have the flu. They look miserable,” said Dr. Trey Mainor with AFC Urgent Care in Pinellas Park.

Doctors are busy seeing flu patients and the bug is here earlier and stronger than before.

“So far, it’s been one of the worst that we’ve seen in the past two to three years,” said Dr. Mainor.

Forty-six states, including Florida, are seeing widespread cases of the flu. There have been 41,000 cases so far, nearly three times more than last season.

Read the full story on the WFLA website