DHS: Wisconsinites hit hard by flu bug this year

DHS: Wisconsinites hit hard by flu bug this year

The number of flu cases in Wisconsin has spiked to nearly 1,000 confirmed cases with hundreds of hospitalizations, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

There are 936 confirmed cases of influenza across the state, compared to 176 during the same period last year, officials said. The week-to-week comparison shows there were 591 confirmed cases reported just a week ago, which is an increase of 345 cases from the previous week.

According to a release, there have also been more hospitalizations this year with 1,200 compared to 235 during the same period last year.

“At this point, the number of flu cases in Wisconsin has already exceeded the number of cases at the peak of flu season last year,” State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a release. “The flu can be especially harmful for children and people over 65, as well as those with other health problems. We recommend those who have yet to get a flu shot to get one now, and to follow common sense practices to avoid spreading viruses.”

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