U.S. may be in for bad flu season, medical officials warn

U.S. may be in for bad flu season, medical officials warn. (Q McCray/ABC7)

The flu season is right around the corner and things are expected to get even busier for Dr. Ian Seemangul and staff at Virginia Hospital Center.

“We do get stories of patients coming in feeling very ill,” the Infectious Disease Specialist said. “Sometimes they have to be admitted to the hospital, and sometimes they have mild influenza and they can be treated in the office.”

The problem is, the U.S. may be in for a bad season. Experts usually look to the southern hemisphere’s flu season to predict what might happen in America. And things weren't looking good down under. According to Australia’s Immunization Coalition, as of late September, Australia has already recorded more than 168,337 influenza cases, compared to 91,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2015.

Still, Dr Seemangul said he felt confident.

“From what we know from the CDC the vaccines that we have here in the united states should do an adequate job of protecting patients,” he said.

The doctor says getting the shot doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu. It lowers your chances substantially. And if you do get the flu, the sick the symptoms won’t be as bad.

Also, if you are going to get your shot its best you do so before the end of October, because that’s when the season will be in full swing.

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