This years flu set to be one of the worst ever

America is set to endure one of the most perilous flu seasons in years - with doctors warning it could be similar to the deadly 2014 outbreak.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the US will be hit by a particular strain of influenza called H3N2, the same strain which has just wreaked havoc in Australia, and was responsible for the four most deadly flu seasons in the last 10 years.

Early assessments suggest the current vaccine - which was produced in spring after scientists made an educated guess at what strain to expect - will be just 10 percent effective.

While some seasons don't kick off until February, we are already seeing a surge in people hospitalized with influenza-like symptoms - at a rate even faster and earlier than we saw in 2014.

'I'm anticipating this being a bad flu year,' infectious diseases specialist Dr Pritish Tosh, of the Mayo Clinic, told Daily Mail Online.

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