Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Motorcycles rumbled through central Wisconsin Saturday for the 10th annual Wausau Fire Charity Ride.More >>
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
The number of flu cases in Wisconsin hospitals has almost
doubled from last flu season.
Health officials said it's the worst outbreak since 2009,
and the flu season is getting an early start.
"In the last couple of years, this is the soonest and
most reported that we've had," said Dianne Rodd, Public Health Nurse at the
Wood County Health Department.
According to the Wood County Health Department, Wisconsin
saw 389 flu related hospitalizations last season.
This flu season, there have already been 760 influenza hospitalizations
in the state.
"To have that many by the end of December is really a
large outbreak," said Rodd.
Wood County Health officials say more strains of
influenza mean people have more chances to get sick.
There are a lot of flu viruses going around, causing more
people to get Rodd said.
Officials said an early start to the flu season does not
mean it will end early. The best way to avoid getting sick is to get a flu shot,
and according to Wood County Health officials, it's not too late to get one.
"We are encouraged to keep immunizing people all through
any sort of increase in flu rate just because its' still our most effective
means, our best tool at our disposal to prevent flu," said Rodd.
Health Department officials said the vaccine is most
effective in those who are already healthy.
"It's not going to be 100 percent in everyone. Somebody
who's elderly and has a chronic illness or maybe a small baby is not going to
develop the same sort of immunity as a young, healthy adult," said Rodd.
Health officials say they hope everybody will take steps
to stop this flu outbreak from getting any bigger.
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