Published: Mon, January 06, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Flu hospitalizations spike across Wisconsin with 11 deaths

Flu hospitalizations spike across Wisconsin with 11 deaths

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". "Generally, the flu season lasts anywhere between four and 12 weeks, with eight kind of being the average", said Dr. Joseph McBride, an infectious disease specialist at UW Health in Madison.

Flu cases and hospitalizations because of the flu have also risen sharply since the season began in October.

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

"Our best hope is that we get at least six months of coverage", says Carter, but after that people should think about getting another one. The other lines show the 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 flu seasons, two of the worst in recent decades.

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Influenza-like illness is being reported during outpatient visits at a rate that is similar to the peak of past flu seasons. Researchers noted that while the results are encouraging, until clinical trials have tested the efficacy of 1 dose, people should continue to receive the recommended dose. There have not been any reported pediatric deaths. They're also seeing more younger children.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Public health officials say a type of flu virus that's usually less prevalent is being reported more frequently in Virginia this year. Compared with flu A, flu B is relatively stable and doesn't change as much from year to year, so many adults have immunity to it from infections earlier in life.

Hapt says it's not too late to get the flu shot.

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