As a primary care physician, one of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve noticed over the last couple of years was milder than usual influenza seasons.

The benefits of people wearing masks, social distancing and staying home resulted in my seeing fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the flu among my patients.

Now that people are out and about, there are more opportunities for the virus to circulate and experts are expecting a much more active flu season this year.

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