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3 people in Eau Claire hospitalized for influenza so far this flu season

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Local officials said right now flu season is just getting started. So far in Eau Claire County, three people have been hospitalized for influenza, but the staff at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department said that number could spike in the months ahead.

Last year locally in January, 24 people were hospitalized for the flu, and hospitalizations jumped the following month to 67.

In total, during last year’s flu season in Eau Claire, 143 people were hospitalized, with no reported pediatric deaths.

According to the CDC’s weekly health report, this year there have been seven pediatric deaths.

“The flu isn’t predictable, we don’t know when it’s going to hit us the hardest, some years, usually its sometime between December and February so we never quite know when it’s going to hit us the hardest,” said Allison Gosbin, with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

Last year statewide, according to officials at Wisconsin State Health Department, 7,530 people in Wisconsin were hospitalized due to flu-related complications, and 379 people died.

Gosbin said the best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu shot, and remember to always to wash your hands, cough or sneeze on the inside of your arm and to stay home if you are sick.

To learn more about Influenza and how to keep you and your family safe visit here.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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