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Wisconsin flu hospitalizations on the rise

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the state has seen 459 hospitalizations for influenza this season, more than three times as many than at this time last year.

Eleven people in Wisconsin have died due to complications from influenza this season.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved the state from the low activity level to the high category.

Children's Wisconsin in Milwaukee reported in December, it had 829 flu cases, including 46 patients that had to be hospitalized.

DHS says the flu shot can help prevent the virus. The flu vaccine finder will help you locate a pharmacy near you that is providing flu shots.

Everyday habits can also help you avoid catching or spreading the flu. WKOW has a list for you to follow here.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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