Flu season starts earlier than usual in Wisconsin

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Associated Press
Thursday, November 21, 2013

MILWAUKEE — State and local health officials say the flu season is starting earlier than usual in Wisconsin.

Fifteen people have been hospitalized so far across the state. About half are in Milwaukee County. Twenty-five flu cases have been confirmed statewide.

But there's plenty of flu vaccine available, Wisconsin Division of Public Health epidemiologist Tom Haupt told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Last year's flu season peaked in late December and was the earliest in nearly a decade. Usually, the flu season doesn't peak until late January or early February.

No flu-related hospitalizations were reported in Wisconsin before January during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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