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Influenza hit Wisconsin: H1N1 virus continues to sweep through the nation

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The H1N1 flu virus has been infecting and spreading in a sweeping motion throughout the nation. Currently many cases have been confirmed in the state of Wisconsin.

The circulation of the H1N1 virus has been a fearsome illness that has been revolving from one flu season to the next for the past five years. Many individuals have been hospitalized and sent to intensive care units as a precaution due to the seriousness of the virus according to the Badger Herald on Jan. 20.

Currently this strain is hitting all age groups. Usually young children and the elderly are at the highest risk for contracting this virus. Now it seems that everyone is at risk. There have been 397 cases from the flu in Wisconsin that have needed to be hospitalized.

Health officials can’t state it strongly enough that a flu vaccine is necessary for everyone. It is the only way right now that people can protect themselves from the worst of the flu virus. Flu shots only last one year and those who have received the vaccine need to be inoculated each and every year.

January and February traditionally are the two worst months of the year when influenza cases seem to peak. “It's estimated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that anywhere between 5% and 20% of all U.S. residents will come down with the flu in a given year. That works out to approximately 16 million to 63 million adults and children developing the flu annually and resulting in a range of 3,000 to 49,000 deaths each year.”

CDC says 25 percent of people who show up at the hospital sick and who are tested are positive for influenza. This means 75 percent of people with flu-like symptoms probably had something else. There are antiviral drugs to fight flu if people get treated quickly, and every year tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of people are sick enough to be hospitalized.”

Deaths from flu-like illness and pneumonia are now at epidemic levels – protect yourself to avoid testing positive for the H1N1 virus!

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