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Dr. Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie. Carilion Clinic photo.

Expect the “flu season” this year to be more severe than in the past few years – in part because most are no longer masking for COVID-19.  There is now a higher-dose flue vaccine for those 65 and older. Dr. Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie is the medical director for infection prevention and control at Carilion Clinic; he urges everyone to get the shot now – including younger people that may transmit influenza to family and friends, even if they exhibit no symptoms.