There have been more swine flu deaths in the past week than in the first nine months of the year.
Officials at the Wisconsin Health Department say there were 11 deaths reported in the past week, with a total of 31 deaths for the entire year.
Stephanie Marquis says although there seems to be a slight downward trend in H1N1 cases, flu activity still remains high. Health officials continue to target the vaccine toward high-risk groups.
Marquis says, if you’re healthy, try to stay that way by using good hygiene and common sense. If you get sick, stay home. Since the beginning of September, 405 people have been hospitalized from the swine flu, 82% of whom had underlying medical conditions.
In Wisconsin, activity is widespread with 71 of the 72 counties reporting confirmed H1N1 cases. Marquis says the Badger State is in line with trends on the national level.