The year’s flu season came early and people of all ages have been affected across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 states have reported high levels of flu-like illnesses.
Concerns over the spread of the flu have everyone taking extra precautions.
In New York City, authorities of a youth sports club are urging kids from giving high-fives and fist bumps during matches, according to a report from Fox Sports.
Extra precautionary measures are also being taken by health officials in Utah where an estimated 50,000 people will be attending the Sundance Film Festival this week. Park City Medical Center will be handing out 5,000 free bottles of hand sanitizer to visitors.
PCMC brass say the quaint mountain burg will become a giant Petri dish -- with festival-goers shaking hands, riding public transportation and unknowingly spreading germs. The medical center also will be staffing up its emergency room to brace for the extra number of people in town during the festival.
At this week's Golden Globe Awards, a number of presenters and winners referenced the bug.
Nominee Meryl Streep could not attend after coming down with the flu, while Jennifer Lawrence told Al Roker on the red carpet that she, too, was suffering from the virus (Roker noticeably backed away). And Hugh Jackman, who won the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for his role in Les Mis, joked during his acceptance speech that he was in recovery mode: "I was kicking myself for not getting a flu shot, but it appears you don't need one. I feel great."
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