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Flu cases way up compared to this time last year

With the number of influenza cases running significantly higher than last year at this time,

State health officials on Friday encouraged Wisconsin residents to get a flu shot and tell family members to do the same, as the number of influenza cases in Wisconsin continues to run significantly higher than at this time last year.

"Wisconsin's influenza season started early this year," said State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson. "And we're asking everyone to take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu vaccination pledge by getting their flu shot and encouraging others to do the same."
State health officials say there have been 113 lab-confirmed flu cases reported this season, compared with seven cases at this time last year. Twelve of those infected this year have been hospitalized, compared to no hospitalizations at this time last year.
Dr. Anderson says the state's vaccine supply is ample, and it is critical for older people and children to be protected. According to the CDC, everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is next week, December 2-8.


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