Flu season reaching peak in La Crosse, across U.S.

Flu being reported widespread in all midwest states

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Health officials say influenza remains widespread across most of the U.S.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly report, six more people have died from the flu, bring the total number of deaths this season to 43, including one child.

The department says there have been 182 hospitalizations and 87 school outbreaks in just a week.

Doctors from our area say while we are in peak flu season, it’s not too late to get a vaccine.

“It changes very fast, which is why every year we need a new flu vaccine, is manly due to Influenza A, because of just how rapidly it changes, even from person to person as it’s being transmitted,” said Gundersen Health System infection preventionist Megan Meller.

Gundersen Health System is reporting high numbers for Influenza B.

At Mayo Clinic Health System, there were high numbers of Influenza B reported in January.

But the number of Influenza A cases has more than doubled compared to last week.