If you're feeling ill right now, and it seems to be kind of severe, there's a good, or not so good reason.
A certain strain of the H1N1 virus, often called "swine flu" because many of its strains hit hogs, is a serious issue.
Serious enough for three confirmed deaths in Houston and one confirmed death in greater Austin with another possible. That Austin link also reports four suspected flu deaths in Montgomery County in exurban Houston.
Those at risk include the very young, those over 50 and especially the elderly, those with immune or respiratory problems and caregivers.
Folks, with this coming at Christmas, be careful. No matter how long its been since you've seen loved ones, if they're "buggy," be careful with the physical affection.