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State health officials say flu season off to a strong start in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wisconsin — State health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in Wisconsin.

State epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have been unexpectedly on the rise in October. Twenty people have been hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD ) one or two hospitalizations are common this time of year, but not 20.

He says the flu is hitting older people the hardest with most people hospitalized over the age of 64.

Generally, the flu season starts in October and ends in May, peaking in the months between December and February. Health officials are pushing flu vaccinations, not only for the high-risk population, but also for those who care for them.


Information from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.com

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