Wisconsinites die from flu complications, Flu hospitalizing more people than previous year

This flu season, 22,763 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to the Department. And of those, over 30,000 have been Influenza.

In all, the agency noted in its latest FluView data, released Friday, there have been at least 6.4 million Americans sickened so far during the current flu season.

"Children and elderly adults, particularly those that are immunocompromised are certainly at the greatest risk when they're exposed to the flu", Levine said.

The past week saw another sharp increase in flu cases.

So why is the flu worse this year? "A (H1N1) viruses are the next most common and are increasing in proportion relative to other influenza viruses in some regions". And that when the humidity is low, especially around 20%, it helps virus particles to hang in the air.

The new weekly figures from Public Health England show that the number of GP consultations over flu-like symptoms has risen by more than a fifth in a week. Of those illnesses, an estimated 9 percent were hospitalized.

So far this flu season, at least 2,900 people in the U.S. are estimated to have died of the flu, according to data released Friday by the CDC. Hospital-based Public Health epidemiologists reported 593 positive influenza virus results out of 3,096 samples tested during the same week.

"We went into this flu season already with a national nursing shortage - it's well documented, we've obviously experienced the shortage ourselves - that's not helpful when you go into flu season and you have team members that end up themselves getting sick".

Children's Wisconsin will not allow visitors under the age of 12 at the Milwaukee hospital, Fox Valley hospital, and the Surgicenter for the remainder of flu season.

It is not too late to get vaccinated, said Scott Pauley, a press officer for CDC.

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