Experts: Flu season may start early, be more harsh -

An estimated 40,000 people locally will suffer with a strain of flu through May in a flu season that could be earlier and more harsh than in the past.


“It’s hard to tell if it will be before Christmas or after, but it will be early. And it will be a little more severe as far as for those infected,” said Dr. Todd Bell, director of the West Texas Influenza Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.

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