Wisconsin reports six flu deaths, dozens of hospitalizations

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(WISN) — It’s officially flu season in Wisconsin.

According to WISN News, so far, six people have died and almost 40 people have been hospitalized.

“We have had 38 hospitalizations since the first of September, which is quite a bit more than we would normally see at this time,” Tom Haupt with the state health department said.

The people who died from the flu were over the age of 65. Health officials said those are some of the people that are most at risk. Pregnant women and babies less than six months old are also at a high risk.

However, no matter the age, doctors are urging everyone to get vaccinated.

“I think it’s important to remember the flu shot really works well,” Dr. Lyn Ranta, a pediatrician said.

“Although it may not always protect you from getting the disease, it really helps makes sure you don’t get seriously ill.”

Experts said this year’s vaccine is expected to work better. Typically, it takes about two weeks to build immunity to the virus.

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