A leading South West doctor has warned the upcoming flu season could be the worst WA has seen in years, a cause for concern as the State approaches its first winter when influenza and COVID-19 will peak at the same time. Brecken Health Care managing director and general practitioner Brenda Murrison is urging people to stay vigilant about social distancing and staying home when unwell — even if they test negative to COVID-19 — due to the higher number of flu and COVID cases she expects to see throughout winter. The advice echoes her warnings from January — later backed up by WA’s Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson — saying we could see a combination of flu and COVID this winter, something medical experts have termed ‘flurona’. “We haven’t had much of a flu season for quite some time, so I think just by rule of averages, we are due to have a more severe flu season,” Dr Murrison said. “I think because we are all starting to let our guard down, and get back to normal, I think we will end up seeing a lot of both.” She and other South West GPs are gearing up to administer this year’s flu needle from April 6, warning that babies, children, people with respiratory illnesses, people over 65, or those who have chronic disease are most at risk. “Influenza is highly infectious, young babies and children are at the highest risk of being hospitalised with flu — we do need to remember to vaccinate kids,” Dr Murrison said. “As the flu vaccine changes every year to cover the likely strains of influenza we will likely see, it is vitally important to have the new seasonal influenza vaccine each year.” Dr Murrison said the flu will be at its worst during June, July, August, so the ideal time to get the flu vaccine was in May. She also warned that both viruses were highly infectious, and staying at home was the best way to prevent the spread of the viruses was to stay home when they were unwell. “Rest, and more rest, chicken soup, all the comfort things, but it’s all the standard over-the-counter remedies we do for a cough or cold every winter,” she said.