LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - As of this week, 760 people in the Wisconsin have been hospitalized for the flu, dating back to early October, according to the state's Department of Health Services.
Flu cases are up in Wisconsin this season by at least 50 percent.
Last year, a total of 395 people were hospitalized the entire flu season.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills and body aches.
"The best way to prevent the flu is get a flu shot each year. That is by far the best way," said Bryany Weigel, a public health nurse with the La Crosse County Health Department.
"Other things to do (include) washing your hands is a wonderful thing (and) staying home when you're sick because even though you're sick and the symptoms may not be that severe, you can pass it on to someone else," Weigel said.
A person may not know he or she has the flu until one to three days after infection, Weigel said.
The viral infection can be caught through something as simple as touching a doorknob or shaking someone's hand infected with the disease, she added.
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