MILWAUKEE (WITI) — So far there have been 25 hospitalizations from the flu this year in Milwaukee. Last year at this time there were four.
“It seems to be an early flu year, like last year, but this year there seem to be an increase in hospitalizations,” explained Paul Biedrzycki with the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Disease Control and Environmental Health.
Biedrzycki also said the majority of those hospitalized are young adults. He explained, “Our concern this year is we have a strain of flu that’s hitting young and middle age adults very hard.”
Biedrzycki said there are several reasons this could be happening. While they are not clear as to why, he said it could mean less young adults are getting their flu shots, or it could have to do with the type of strain it is.
“This is the H1N1 strain, pandemic like, which is similar to what we saw in the 2009 pandemic and a couple seasons afterwards,” said Biedrzycki.