Flu season may get worse

The flu has already sickened millions of Americans, and now infectious disease experts say other flu strains could emerge, making this season worse than it already is.

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:29 PM

(NBC News) This year's flu season has come on so strong, so fast, the Centers for Disease Control postponed a meeting on nuclear preparedness, originally scheduled for Tuesday, and met instead about the flu.

Most people with the flu recover, but it can kill otherwise healthy people.

58-year-old Joe Morrison of Florida just last Wednesday seemed healthy.

"Thursday morning, he's in the hospital. On Friday night, he was responding to people. But a few hours later he had a stroke and that was it," said his friend Steve Overton.

Even though this year's flu shot is not doing a great job of preventing cases, experts say the vaccine can help prevent flu deaths.

"There's still a lot more flu to go this year, maybe even 13 weeks more of flu activity," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the CDC.

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