DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Every year, from October through March is considered what we know as the infamous flu season.
Last year, flu case numbers were low due to the precautions already in place to fight against COVID-19. Now, that those protocols have loosened, one local physician predicts we could see an influx this flu season.
“This flu season will probably be a little worse than last flu season because people are getting out more, they’re not masked as much,” Southern Clinic Physician, Dr. Buddy B. Stokes II said. “Especially people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 they may feel a little more comfortable in a social setting, and they’ll be more prone to be exposed to things like the flu.”
Dr. Stokes says the flu can be just as deadly as COVID-19 and warns not to neglect those safety precautions that prevent sickness.
“The flu can be just as severe as some COVID-19 infections,” Dr. Stokes said. “Every year there are people going to the hospital and end up on ventilators and ultimately die from the flu. So it can be a very serious illness.”
Now with hospitals and medical clinics being overwhelmed with patients, Stokes says that it’s important to take care of your health now, more than ever.
“If this flu season does end up being particularly severe, then it could put a serious strain on the health care resources,” Dr. Stokes said. “So that’s even more reason to get vaccinated, wash your hands, protect yourself, and stay home if you’re sick.”