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Flu season begins ahead of schedule in Wisconsin

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The flu is hitting Wisconsin much earlier than usual; there have been 113 confirmed cases. That's compared to just 7 at this same time last year.

Health officials are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from the virus. Already four people have died and 33 have been hospitalized because of the flu. That's according to the division of public health. Experts say it's tough to predict when the flu season will hit full force, but the earlier you get vaccinated, the better.

"If you're a person who thinks "Well maybe I'll just wait and see what the flu season is like, maybe it will be more mild and it won't matter." What it's telling us so far is that it will matter this year to get your flu shot. And to get it now would be a really good thing," said Jean Durch, Director of Public Health for the Chippewa County Department of Public Health.

The flu season generally begins with the start to the New Year. Chippewa County says it has been at least three to four years since the health department has had to deal with flu cases in early December.

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