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UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks
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UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Doctors with UW Health are noting a huge uptick in flu cases over the last few weeks and are asking the community to stay safe. During the week of Nov. 21-27, UW Health reported 422 cases of influenza. A spokesperson for UW Health said that number is higher than anything it saw during the 2019-2020 flu season, which was the last one before the pandemic started. The health system says this increase in cases is concerning, as the 2019-2020 flu season was severe and peaked in February of 2020 with 318 cases in one week. UW Health officials say cases are not going down any time soon because we are now just starting the regular flu season. The rapid increase in influenza cases has taken them off guard. UW Health says it is very early to see cases skyrocket the way they...
Health experts encourage flu shots by the end of October
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Health experts encourage flu shots by the end of October

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Based on what’s happening in the Southern Hemisphere, this year’s flu season may be severe. “Australia did just conclude influenza season, which came out to be the worst in the preceding five years,” said Kiya Mohadjer, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Clinical Specialist at Renown Health.He explains that Australia is kind of a “crystal ball” into what the fall and winter months can look like for us, and with that being said, now is the time to build your immune system. “Ideally, we would get everyone vaccinated by the end of October to ensure a sustainable immune response throughout the influenza season,” said Mohadjer.Like many other vaccines, the effectiveness of the flu shot fades each month. “There was a study recently in the Clinical Infectious Disease that suggest...