La Crosse Co. avoiding flu season

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - The flu season is hitting parts of Wisconsin hard, but La Crosse County is somehow avoiding it for the time being.

Christine Gillespie, a public health nurse in La Crosse County, says as of Wednesday there have only been three hospitalizations here for the flu. All were probable cases back in November.

Western Wisconsin is considered "high" in terms of flu rates, but the La Crosse area has been immune.  "It's hard to say why that is, because activity in this part of the state is increasing right now, so maybe we're just lucky right now, maybe everybody went out and got their flu shots and the disease isn't going to spread much, more than likely though it's a matter of time before we see more hospitalizations in La Crosse as well," said Gillespie.

It's a much different picture in Milwaukee. More than 100 people have been hospitalized, including an increase in young and middle age adults.

Health officials across the state agree a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, and it's still not too late to get one.


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