Flu hospitalizations spike across Wisconsin with 11 deaths

Henrietta Brewer
January 6, 2020

In Milwaukee: 131 people have been hospitalized with the flu compared with 17 at this time last season.

Eleven people in Wisconsin have died from complications from the flu. "People need to be respectful of others around them".

State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers urged anyone who has not had an annual flu shot to get one.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that of the more than 1,800 cases confirmed by lab reports since the start of the 2019-2020 flu season, 75% have been identified as type B, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

"We don't want it to keep going up and up and up like in 2017-2018", he said.

There have been 459 hospitalizations for influenza as of Friday, more than three times as many than at this time previous year. However, flu strains are always developing and becoming more persistent, she adds, which allows them to stick around beyond what would normally be considered the flu season.

Pauley said that could mean a less severe season in terms of deaths, but still a strong one.

This season so far has been particularly deadly for children, with 27 deaths reported through December 28. The United States' top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, stated, "The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season - this is going to be a bad season". Authorities say it will be assessed regularly as new information about the flu season becomes available.

The Department of Health Services reports more than 450 hospitalizations so far this season.

"Hopefully this turns around and comes down, but if it continues on the trajectory it's on, it's not going to be good", he said.

It's never too late.

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