Hopefully it never comes to this, but many who come down with the flu end up in the hospital.
Enter HCA Holdings (HCA), the nation’s biggest hospital operator. It runs more than 160 hospitals across the country, including many in the South, where the flu season hit the earliest last year. Community Health Systems (CYH) and Health Management Associates (HMA) are other hospital stocks that could see business from the flu.
And given the current state of the CDC, Harvard Medical School epidemiologist John Brownstein thinks severe cases could be common this season.
“If this flu season hits early and we don’t have the most important national voice promoting vaccination, we will see unnecessary illnesses, some of which could be severe or fatal,” Brownstein told NBC.
As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.