MADISON — State
health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in
epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have
been unexpectedly on the rise in October. Twenty people have been
hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD
) one or two hospitalizations are common this time of year, but
He says the flu
is hitting older people the hardest with most people hospitalized
over the age of 64.
flu season starts in October and ends in May, peaking in the
months between December and February. Health officials are pushing
flu vaccinations, not only for the high-risk population, but also
for those who care for them.