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Flu cases on the rise locally and statewide

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APPLETON (WLUK) -- Area doctors say each year, there is one week where they typically know flu season is officially here. They say that week is happening right now.

“The typical complaint is I feel like I've been run over by a truck, so it alerts us as clinicians that flu season is really here,” said Scott Schuldes, a nurse practitioner for ThedaCare Physicians.

In the last five years, this is the second most confirmed flu cases the state has seen for this time of year. Only 2014-2015 had more.

“I would describe this season right now as moderate,” said Schuldes.

Schuldes says ThedaCare's bed reports show more people are being treated at hospitals for the flu.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports there has been about 100 hospitalizations per day since the 1st of the year.

“Every flu season is different, but it seems like this has been the week that it's kind of hit Wisconsin fairly hard, especially in our area,” said Schuldes

Schuldes says it’s important to remember to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you aren't feeling well.

At the Appleton Area School District, administrators are paying extra attention to buildings that reach a certain percentage of absences.

“Beyond the traditional clean we will do the extra deep cleans,” said Polly Vanden Boogaard, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services at the Appleton Area School District.

In its second week back from holiday break, the Appleton Area School District is seeing an increase in students dealing with the flu.

“We were trending up prior to Christmas or the holiday break and last week we saw a little bit of a dip in numbers, but we are trending back up here now as we enter that second week in January,” said Vanden Boogaard.

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