State health officials warn the flu season is far from over now that a stronger H3 flu virus is making its round throughout the state.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) expects this to be one of the longest flu seasons affecting people young and old.
The H3 type of the virus is more powerful than the A/H1 virus that made its way through the public earlier this flu season. This second wave is hitting people 65-years-old and older especially hard.
DHS Influenza Coordinator Thomas Haupt says;
“H3 is covered by this year’s flu vaccine, so if you haven’t already, know there is still time to get a flu shot.”
In addition to the vaccine, people are strongly urged to cough or sneeze into sleeve or tissue, wash their hands, use hand sanitizer and stay home if they’re sick to avoid spreading germs to others.
Hospitalizations for flu-related symptoms are increasing to about 50 a day in Wisconsin, with 1 in 5 hospitalized patients being admitted to ICU due to the severity of their symptoms.
So far this season, there have been 36 influenza deaths in the state.