Yes, it has been a nasty flu season here in Germany. For a while there (about three months) we couldn't get rid of it here. We are military stationed in the south of Germany - not too far from Italy, actually. Because of the vaccine shortage, nobody in our household except my husband even qualified to receive a flu shot, and he didn't even get it because they ran out too fast. He got it first, and then the kids, I was the last (and that's how it usually goes in this house). We were miserable for a couple of weeks, and then he finally started getting better, the kids started getting better..and WHAM..another round. It went on like that for three solid months. There was some rumor about closing the schools
for a week or so to try to get some of the kids better (grr..don't get me to ranting about parents who take their kids to school sick!)
Problem here is we live in a really closed little community. All the kids go to the same schools, we live in the same neighborhoods, everyone works in the same buildings, we even shop at the same two stores. You can't leave your house without running into the same people again and again. So, once a contagious disease gets it foot in, you are guaranteed to be exposed to it somehow.
While we were all sick, so was everyone else we knew. It was terrible. We all seem to be past it now, though.