Health officials urge flu shots as millennials resist
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The flu season is nearing its peak in Wisconsin.

The federal government has added Wisconsin to the map of states with severe, widespread outbreaks of influenza.

State epidemiologist Tom Haupt say this is "a severe year'' for the flu, but the peak is getting near, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

However, Haupt says the flu outbreak will stay high at least three to four weeks after the peak.

This season's predominant strain, A(H3N2), typically hits people over 65 the hardest.

Haupt says about 70 percent of the 2,500 flu-related hospitalizations in Wisconsin since Sept. 1, 2017, have been those 65 and older.

Haupt says some hospitals have had to temporarily divert patients from emergency departments because they ran out of hospital beds.

Haupt says it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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