The flu bug let us off easy last winter, but experts predict that this coming flu season will be a different story. ?We usually do not have mild years back to back,? says Dr. Kristin Nichol, an influenza researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center. ?I can?t explain why it is biologically, but I would certainly encourage people not to expect another mild season.?
Kris Ehresmann, an epidemiologist who tracks the influenza virus for the Minnesota Department of Health, agrees. ?We are expecting more disease activity this year than what we had last year,? and adds that the flu strains expected to predominate are the type that make people the sickest.