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Wisconsin faring better this flu season, but doctors say don't let your guard down

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 19:21:49-05

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Wisconsinites are faring better with the flu than other states. But that doesn't mean you should let up in the fight against germs.

Dr. Lyn Ranta, a Pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, says doing basic things like washing your hands, avoiding sick people and getting the flu shot are some of the best practices in staying healthy this flu season. 

The most recent weekly report from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health found Wisconsin had high levels of influenza in four of the five regions. The southeast region is the currently marked with having lower levels. 

In comparison with other states, Wisconsin is among five that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found to have moderate levels of activity for outpatient levels with flu-like symptoms. 

"We're not out of our flu season yet, by any means. We probably have at least three to six weeks to go," said Ranta. 

Ranta says the flu season may have peaked, but that doesn't give an all clear to anyone. She encourages everyone to still get the flu shot, especially young children, pregnant women, and anyone over the age of 65.  

"The majority of people who required hospitalization or time in the intensive care unit have not been vaccinated," said Ranta. 

The CDC says influenza in Puerto Rico and 48 states is reported as wide spread. Additionally, statistics for flu-like symptoms of outpatients nationwide is at 6.4 percent which is more than double the national average.