Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

"We're seeing it a little bit more regional is what we will call it, and we're seeing a little bit more of an increase in that kind of influenza-like illness", IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati.

Flu season has officially begun. "Also keep in mind to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way".

Even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, says Rock.

The Center of Disease Control said knowing the difference can help a person to a faster and easier recovery.

"What we have noticed in the last couple of weeks, is we've seen an increase in numbers in flu vaccines", Nola Aigner, the Public Information Officer for the Polk County Health Department.

Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report, but are used as an indicator of flu-like illness circulating across the state. A report from Med Express claims that American businesses lose, on average, more than $16 billion during each flu season. At this time last season, there were 12 adult deaths. So far, there have been five influenza-associated pediatric deaths this 2018-2019 flu season.

National health officials continue to recommend everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

Doctor Kathlyn Ignacio, is advocating for the use of the flu vaccine. Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season.

"Last year it was such an outbreak".

It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

Three people have died over the past week, all of them infected with Influenza A and located in Sussex County. Last week, New York City and 19 states (Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia) experienced high ILI activity, while 9 states (Arkansas, California, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) reported moderate ILI activity.

There were 136 cases reported during the week ending December 29, 2018.

There are ten states and the territory of Guam that are listed with "widespread" flu activity.

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