Flu hits country hard - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Flu hits country hard

Posted:

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin This is the worst outbreak of the flu virus around, the country, in a decade, heath experts said.

The Centers for Disease Control said so far 18 children have died from the flu and 41 states have widespread influenza activity

That's up 25-percent from just two weeks ago

They said hardest hit region is near the Great Lakes.

Nearly 60-percent of patients complaining of flu like symptoms that went to the hospital tested positive for the flu.

CDC said the flu season usually begins about now, but this year's season began in October.

Gundersen Lutheran Infection Control said its hard to know what's going on with the flu because we only test for the flu when people are hospitalized.

Testing the flu's DNA helps them create next year's flu vaccine.

"We can't say for sure, is this a vaccine failure?" Bridget Pfaff, Gundersen Lutheran Infection Control said. "Is this just enough drift that people are getting a little sicker than normal? We're not seeing horrible illness in our community."

Flu shots are designed to last all season and they're still available.

In general, it's safe for most everyone older than 6-months.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.