My partner at work was out all last week and is expecting to be out all this week with what I'm presuming is the flu.
One of the forums I frequent had this post (paraphrased):
Last week was our anniversary. Wife wasn't feeling great, so I took the kids out so she could have some quiet time.Let me re-emphasize that:
Next afternoon she was complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing, so I took her to the ER.
She was dead the next afternoon. Flu plus staph.
She was dead the next afternoon.
A husband is without his wife, children are without their mother, because of flu.
Last week we had a working-age adult patient who complained of "flu symptoms" for a few days and was found unresponsive/pulseless. That family is now doing funeral planning.
In 1918, the "Spanish" flu had an estimated 10-20% mortality rate. With modern medicine, we've cut mortality rates dramatically, but influenza is still killing otherwise healthy adults.
I missed my flu shot this year, and I'm really regretting it. I've been healthy so far (knock on wood), and I hope it continues. I really hope my partner was smart enough to call in early enough to keep me healthy.
If you share a work space, wash your hands regularly and use antiseptic wipes regularly. (I wipe down my entire console at the beginning of every shift and sometimes mid-shift.) If you're coming down with something, stay home.
Take care of yourselves. Rest, fluids, etc.