After last year’s “tripledemic” of RSV, flu and COVID reportedly overwhelmed health systems, experts are looking ahead to the 2023-2024 winter season and offering predictions.
During the 2022-2023 flu season, the CDC estimates there were some 26 million cases of the flu, with 290,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 related deaths — on top of a surge in RSV and COVID.
When making predictions for what’s to come, experts tend to look at illness trends in the Southern Hemisphere, which has its flu season between April and September — although the CDC states on its website that “different influenza viruses may predominate in different parts of the world and immunity may be different between populations.”
Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, is expecting “another fairly bad flu season.”
He told Fox News Digital, “This year, Australia is having an intense flu season and kids are being hit bad, which bodes badly for us.”
Dr. Gregg Sylvester, chief health officer of the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company CSL Seqirus, agreed the U.S. could see increased levels of flu again.