DHS urges vaccinations as respiratory season has potential to be severe

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 12:30 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the 2022-2023 respiratory season has the potential to be severe, especially for young children and older adults.

Doctors with the DHS say hospitals in Wis. are already seeing an alarming number of hospitalizations due to respiratory illnesses.

“As far as influenza activity, just in the past two weeks, we have doubled our number of cases and we’re starting to see more and more hospitalizations. We’re not yet at peak activity for influenza, but we expect that we will be there within the next few weeks,” Tom Haupt, DHS Influenza Surveillance Coordinator, said.

According to a media release from the DHS, the DHS has issued an alert to Wis. health care providers, which can be found HERE. The DHS also urges everyone to get all recommended vaccines, including the updated COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine, in effort to help prevent and slow the spread of respiratory illnesses.

“Wisconsin hospitals are already seeing an alarming number of hospitalizations due to respiratory illnesses,” DHS Secretary-designee, Karen Timberlake, said. “It is essential for Wisconsinites to get their updated COVID-19 booster and annual flu vaccine to protect their health, especially with the holiday season right around the corner.”

Additional information is available in the full media release from the DHS, HERE.