Flu bug still hitting Wisconsin hard despite spring-like temperatures

DHS says there are 936 confirmed WI cases
Posted at 9:06 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 10:06:47-05

It may not feel like flu weather, but the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said the virus is still hitting the state hard, with nearly 1,000 confirmed cases and hundreds of hospitalizations.

DHS said there are 936 confirmed cases of flu in Wisconsin, compared to the 176 cases during the same period last  year. Last week there were 591 cases,  compared to 345 the previous week. 

“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,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown in a statement. “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.”

Doctors are still saying it’s not too late to get a flu shot.


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