Medical experts warn of severe flu season on the horizon

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FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 not to delay vaccination. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

(NBC News) — Scientists trying to forecast how bad our flu season might be look first at countries below the equator.

“In the United States we draw a lot of data from South America because they hit their winter before we do,” explains Dr. Holly Phillips. 

They’re warning this season could be especially dangerous.

The winter that just finished hitting Australia resulted in the worst flu season in that country’s history. 

They recorded four times as many cases as the year before.

The flu that circulated in the United States last year ran from October to May.

Experts say that’s a good reason to get your vaccine now.

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