FIRST PERSON | MADISON, Wis. -- The flu outbreak is affecting our household immensely. Our family lives in an intentional community (aka a housing co-operative) with almost 30 other adults and several children. This means that even if we take the best precautions against the flu and other illnesses, we still have a large risk of being infected due to the large amount of contact we have with others.
My daughter and I were staying home to keep exposure to the flu at minimum, but one of the people in our house got it, then others got sick, and eventually we got sick. It was almost as bad as when I got swine flu back in 2009. The worst part was knowing that it was coming and being unable to stop it.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday, nearly 1,300 residents have been to hospitals around Wisconsin for the flu this year. So many in Madison are getting sick this year; so far, the flu has landed 85 in the hospital in Dane County. Last year only 46 were hospitalized for the flu in Dane County through the whole season.
Still, according to Dr. Jonathan Temte, a professor of family medicine at UW-Madison, "Compared to historic patterns of influenza, we have a moderate flu year."
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the state has confirmed one pediatric death from flu.
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