Flu season

This week on Athens News Matters:


Experts Say this Flu Season Likely to be Severe

Oct 16, 2019

Cases of the flu are already showing up in emergency rooms and hospital throughout Georgia and experts are predicting a more severe season this year compared to last.

“The expectation based on the experience in the southern hemisphere in Australia is that it’s going to be a more severe flu season than last year, more similar to two years ago.”

That’s according to Dr. Roger Lovell, an infectious disease physician at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.

With flu season right around the corner, Dr. Ashley Hannings from the UGA College of Pharmacy joins us to talk about the importance of getting a flu shot, and why some people don’t. Host Alexia Ridley receives her flu shot on the air.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear about UGA's part in the search for a universal flu vaccine. WUGA's panel of commentators discusses a proposed redevelopment of Bethel Midtown Village, and parents weigh in on tensions in the Clarke County School District.

Plus, celebrate Oct. 4 (10-4) with country music's best truckin' songs, and we announce the first Athens News Matters Scary Short Fiction Contest.


After years of research, the University of Georgia researchers who have overseen the development of a universal flu vaccine have been awarded $8 million and may see the largest award UGA has ever received if all contract options are completed.


The National Institutes of Health has partnered with UGA faculty and may grant up to $130 million over seven years to lead the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers, which will collaborate with teams from 14 other universities and research institutes.

The hope is to replace the seasonal flu vaccine.