MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Just because swine flu cases have slowed down doesn’t mean you can relax. State health officials say they’re watching for a third wave of the H1N1 virus, possibly this spring. The second wave ran from last August through mid-January. The state’s health agency stopped issuing weekly reports on January 25th – but epidemiologist Tom Haupt says many people should still consider getting vaccinated for both the swine flu and the seasonal flu.
52 people in Wisconsin have died from the H1N1 virus since it first hit the Badger State last April. The flu returned in the fall, and the numbers of cases and hospitalizations peaked around Halloween. Just under 1,100 Wisconsinites were hospitalized in the second wave of the swine flu, and there were almost 5,000 confirmed cases. Milwaukee County had about a-third of those cases.