Health officials predict another bad year of influenza

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- It may seem a little early for the flu, but because influenza was so bad last year, health officials are warning people to get the vaccine.

A Florida child recently died due to a flu-related illness.

Paulette Magur the communicable disease division manager at the Eau Caire City-County Health Department said last year there were three pediatric influenza deaths in Wisconsin and 171 nationwide.

Magur said they only receive data from hospitalized cases, and so far this flu season nothings been reported in Eau Claire County.

She said last flu season, there were 143 cases in Eau Claire County, up from 84 cases the season before.

Since there was a big spike of influenza last year, she encourages everyone who can to get the shot.

“We had seen quite a few last year, you know we are expecting it might still be a bad year this year, so we’re strongly encouraging people to get influenza shots. Tt’s our best defense against influenza,” Magur said.

Magur said influenza peaks in the winter, but you can get it at anytime.

She said those who are more at risk are children, older adults and those with chronic illnesses.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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