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Q: Are we expected to have a bad flu season this year?

A: We checked in with Carilion Clinic's Dr. Thomas Kerkering, about this year's flu forecast.

He says, "There will be influenza this year, but whether it will be a severe flu season or not, has yet to be determined."

* Flu shots will be available in September

* Dr. Kerkering suggests getting the flu vaccine when it becomes available

* Use common sense for preventing the spread of germs

10 things you can do to prevent flu from Virginia Department of Health

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