But, if you are over 65, or have an underlying medical condition, it's best to get it checked by a GP. "We have everything from severe to minor cases, it just depends on the day".
Part of the reason people are concerned about this year's season is because of the type of virus that is circulating.
Carter said the state first started to see an increase in hospitalization for influenza during the second week of December and the numbers of cases have been going up since then. The strain is considered especially risky to young children and older adults over the age of 65. It is also more hard to vaccinate against; some estimates indicate this year's shot may only be 10 percent effective.
"It's something we don't fully understand", said Strang.
Five adult influenza-related deaths have been identified so far this influenza season in New Hampshire.
The prominent strain this year is AH3N2, which IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said is known to cause serious illness, hospitalization and deaths.
Flu season is well on its way to peaking early.
Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm. And stay home from work if you are sick to keep from spreading germs to coworkers.
With flu season on the horizon, some emergency rooms in B.C. are feeling the pressure, according to the Provincial Health Officer. The New York State Health Department has confirmed a child has died of complications from the flu. Four came from a long-term care facilities in the county and another was reported at a middle school.
TDH also strongly encourages taking precautions to prevent infection with the flu, such as avoiding contact with sick people.
"All indications show that we are in the midst of the most intense weeks of flu season", DCHHS Interim Director Ganesh Shivamaiyer said in a press release.