The Wisconsin Health Department says flu season is peaking early this year, with 161 people sick in the state so far, according to the department’s weekly report.
At this time last year, less than 70 people were sick with the flu.
Dr. Michael Hartmann at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay said the people most at risk during peak times are the young and the elderly.
“The people who have the greatest effects from being infected with influenza are those at the extremes of age,” Dr. Hartmann said.
At a daycare center where children share everything, preventing the spread of the flu is especially important.
“Handwashing efforts is something that happens any time a child transitions from one classroom to another or one activity to another,” Michelle Moland, YWCA’s early childhood director said.
Flu season is expected to die down between March and April.