This is based on the recent epidemic in Australia - our flu season follows theirs - where there were twice as many cases and deaths as the year before.
A survey released this week by the Walgreen's pharmacy indicates that Texas leads the country in flu activity, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The deadly "Aussie flu" now sweeping Britain has already claimed lives in Ireland, it has emerged.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre said: "Influenza-like illness has increased in all age groups except in those aged 0-4 years".
The virus has killed around 10 people this year, with a further 73 hospitalised, according to the HSE's influenza report.
'I don't give specific numbers when it's less than 10 because people could be identified.
The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick.
Dr Kelleher added: "The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves".
'Well that was a wild New Year's Eve.
The MMA star took to his Instagram account to tell fans that he and his family had been left bed bound after getting the illness - with some of his family so bad they even had to go to hospital.
While the symptoms of "Aussie Flu" are similar to the regular flu, they are usually more intense, and while the regular flu should run through your system within a week, if your symptoms persist for more than seven days, check with your doctor to ensure you haven't contracted the new virus.
He said: "I'll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I've had this year!"
Last week 522 cases of type A and 546 cases of type B were recorded in England and Wales.
Britons are being warned that a "killer Aussie flu" epidemic which affected 250,000 Australians and left hundreds dead last winter is poised to strike the United Kingdom. During Australia's flu season, which ended in September, hospital admissions for influenza were twice the normal rate and three times the usual number of deaths were reported.
A post from McGregor late on New Year's Eve showed him sick in bed with his son.
"The UK are using the same vaccine that we used in Australia in preparation for their flu season", Mr Bartone said.