We've been tracking this in the Early US Flu Season thread. This looks like a bad year, off to an early start, but IMHO, there doen not seem to be any outrageous numbers of deaths. Just a whole lot of very sick people.
"Now, mark my words. So long as we are a young and virtuous people, this instrument will bind us together in mutual interests, mutual welfare, and mutual happiness. But when we become old and corrupt, it will bind us no longer" - Alexander Hamilton about the US Constitution.