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Stronger H3 flu virus making rounds throughout Wisconsin

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 15:19:37-04

Did you think flu season was over?

It’s not, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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The stronger H3 virus is making its way through the state, officials said Friday in a news release.

“The average peak for flu activity is the first week of February, but we expect this season to extend at least through the end of March, if not beyond,” DHS influenza coordinator Thomas Haupt said.

The H3 virus is more powerful than the H1 virus that circulated earlier in the flu season.

“The average peak for flu activity is the first week of February, but we expect this season to extend at least through the end of March, if not beyond.” — DHS influenza coordinator Thomas Haupt

While the first wave was hard on younger people, Haupt said the H3 virus is hitting people 65 years old and older especially hard.

“H3 is covered by this year’s flu vaccine, so if you haven’t already, know there is still time to get a flu shot,” Haupt said.