Flu cases increasing in Wisconsin

Health official urge it isn't too late to get a flu shot

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin and Minnesota have not escaped the wide spread number of flu cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has elevated Wisconsin to a high flu category.

The state was in the low category prior to the announcement.

The CDC made the change Thursday.

Children’s Wisconsin Hospital said they had 829 pediatric flu cases reported last month.

That’s an increase of nearly 9,000% from December 2018.

The hospital had nine flu cases and four hospitalizations in December last year.

While the season is here, you can still protect yourself.

“It’s not too late to get the flu shot, and what’s really good about this year is that we’re really seeing really good vaccine coverage. So right now, Influenza B is the dominate Influenza, kind of causing illnesses across the country, including here in La Crosse and the vaccine covers is a really good match for it this year,” said Megan Meller, Gundersen Health System infection preventionist.

In La Crosse, Gundersen Health System is reporting 31 cases of Influenza A and 53 cases of Influenza B.

And Mayo Clinic Health System they have seen 31 cases of Influenza A and 47 cases of Influzena B.

Mayo Clinic Health System staff say the number of Flu B positive cases seems to be much earlier in the season than normal.