What Australia’s flu season could mean for the US this winter

By Brenda Goodman, CNN

(CNN) — Influenza is always unpredictable. Infectious disease experts like to hedge their forecasts with a caution: When you’ve seen one flu season, you’ve seen one flu season.

But when forecasters try to get a bead on what influenza might have in store for North America in any given winter, they look to countries like Australia and New Zealand, where the season typically runs from April to October — winter months in the Southern Hemisphere.

This year, Australia had its worst flu season in five years. Cases peaked about three times higher than the average for that period, and they topped out about two months

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