Is the sickness early this year?

Whose kids have already gotten sick from school or daycare this year?

Who's already gotten sick themselves this year?

(I raise my hands to both questions.)

Is it just me, or does it seem like the colds and stomach flu have been passed around earlier this year. Both of my kids were sick by the second week of school, and I'm sick now after a work trip last week.

Is it possible that the germs are jsut on a different cycle this year? Or are all our immune systems weaker? Or is there something else going on? Or am I just imagining it?

Do we have any teachers or epidemiologists in the house who can give us some perspective?