ThedaCare temporarily prevents children under 12 from visiting patients during flu season

Grant Boone
January 6, 2020

And physicians said it could get worse before it gets better. "Generally, the flu season lasts anywhere between four and 12 weeks, with eight kind of being the average", said Dr. Joseph McBride, an infectious disease specialist at UW Health in Madison. CDC estimates there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses and 55,000 hospitalizations. This could mean a less threatening season in terms of death, he says, but it could still be a strong one.

The Department of Health Services reports more than 450 hospitalizations so far this season. In the graph, designed by CNN based on the CDC data, the red line indicates flu activity from September 29 through December 28.

The second most severe flu activity on the CDC's flu surveillance index is regional activity.

"We don't want it to keep going up and up and up like in 2017-2018", he said.

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A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Scott Pauley, says this is the first time that influenza B has been reported more frequently than influenza A nationally since the 1992-1993 season.

"The only thing predictable about flu is that it's unpredictable".

There have been 459 hospitalizations for influenza as of Friday, more than three times as many than at this time a year ago. They're also seeing more younger children. There have not been any reported pediatric deaths.

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