Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

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The CDC's national activity map shows Iowa's number of influenza-like illnesses are crawling up the charts. According to a press release issued just days before Christmas of a year ago, the flu season was officially declared on December 15, 2018, after CDC analysts confirmed the virus had met all of the criteria to make the pronouncement.

Flu season is picking up in the Hoosier state, according to the Indiana Department of Public Health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 people died nationwide last flu season from the illness, which was the highest death toll in at least four decades.

Eighty percent of pediatric flu deaths past year were in children who had not been vaccinated.

At least 13 children in the USA have died from the flu this season. There were no recent cases of H1N1 in Jackson County, Landrum said.

"It does seem to be a pretty good match, but it's important to know that even in years when the flu vaccine is not a ideal match it still gives your immune system a little bit of a lesson of how to fight these viruses", Pedati said.

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Peak flu season in the state is between now and March. And this related to the history of people's exposure to flu. It is not too late to protect yourself and others this flu season.

The IDPH's report notes flue activity has increased over the last three weeks and has been reported throughout the state. These numbers are an increase from the 2017-2018 season when at the same time, there were 225 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 63 hospitalizations.

Influenza symptoms typically emerge suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. A strain of the H1N1 virus has predominated this season so far, but it's too soon to tell if that will continue for the remainder of the season, state health officials wrote in the update.

"The flu shot is recommended generally for everyone over the age of 6 months".

"The emergency department is not a great place to get care for flu, because you could be exposed to a lot of other things", he said.

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