MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - When you pass the turkey at the Thanksgiving table, make sure you don’t pass on the flu.
That’s what state health officials are warning. They’ve confirmed that over 50 people caught a flu bug in the last month-and-a-half -- and that’s just those who went to a doctor for treatment. Many more didn’t, so the state has no idea how many actual cases are out there.
Tom Haupt of the state Health Services Department says the flu season is starting earlier than in past years. Type AH-3 is the more predominant of two flu strains that have been reported so far in the state’s nursing homes.
Haupt said around 10 Wisconsin nursing home residents died from the flu last winter. He said the oldest and the youngest people at the Thanksgiving table will be most vulnerable to getting sick.
The state’s flu season normally peaks around February – but officials say it can start as early as October, and continue into May.