MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Dept. of Health and Family Services released an update Wednesday to the H1N1 status in the state.
It said H1N1 is widespread in 70 of the 72 counties, but the major public health regions are seeing a modest decrease in cases. DHS says another wave of H1N1 cases could occur later in the influenza season. Seasonal influenza cases are expected to occur later in the season, perhaps in December or January.
DHS also said there is no indication the H1N1 virus has changed or is more severe than in the spring, although hospitalizations are on the rise due to widespread illness. While Wisconsin may begin to experience a decline in H1N1 cases overall, the number of hospitalizations may continue to rise as more data becomes available linking hospital admissions to the cause of illness, according to state officials.
288 people have been hospitalized due to H1N1 infections since September 1, 2009. 82% of those cases involved underlying medical conditions.
20 people have died from H1H1 and related complications since the spring.
As of today, Wisconsin has been allocated a total of 751,400 doses.
These are the current DHS recommendations for who should be vaccinated: