Flu hitting Hampton Roads hard

People across Hampton Roads are battling the flu and it’s packing quite the punch.

Doctors think this might be one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade.

Hospitals in Hampton Roads have joined together and put out an alert asking folks to mask up to prevent spreading the flu.

Related: Area hospitals recommending masks to fight flu

NewsChannel 3 talked with several folks home fighting the flu via Skype and FaceTime Thursday.

Brittany Marsh is a waitress and ODU student. She’s been stuck at home fighting the flu since Saturday.

“I couldn’t move. I was coughing and sneezing and I had a fever, My body just hurt. My head hurt. Everything hurt,” Marsh said.

Marsh says that she’s never been this sick before and spent several days in bed and has been taking medication and drinking lots of Gatorade.

She’s also stayed home from her waitressing job to avoid getting others sick.

“It’s been very important because I work with the public. I work with everyone’s food, it’s been very important for me not to be at work right now,” Marsh explained.

Suffolk mom Emily Linzy has been home taking care of her 3rd grade daughter Peyton.

She says that Peyton has never been this ill before and is one of several in her class who have caught the flu.

“Now it’s already going into her upper respiratory – she’s pretty much got the whole shebang. I’ve never seen so many things go on at one time. So she’s really having a hard time,” Linzy explained.

She also mirrors Marsh’s advice that folks need to stay home if they come down with the flu.

“Keep these kids at home people – really, that’s my best advice,” Linzy said.

Doctors say it is not too late to get a flu shot.

You can find flu shot locations near your home by clicking on this link.