LA CROSSE (WXOW) - The 2019/2020 flu season is proving dangerous, sending more people to the hospital.
As of early December, the CDC reported 573 hospitalizations nationwide. The current hospitalization rate is above previous flu seasons at this time, and the rate climbs every week.
So far, five children have died from the flu this season. None are from Wisconsin, but according to the Wisconsin Department of Health, six older adults have died in the badger state.
The La Crosse County Health Department said less than 40% of the county has received their flu vaccination this season. They said not getting vaccinated puts not only yourself but others at risk.
"There are some people in the community who can't get vaccinated or who have an extra vulnerability to it, so if everyone gets vaccinated, it helps protect the people who are pregnant, young children, babies, older people, people who are immune-compromised," Jacquie Cutts, La Crosse County Public Health Nursing Manager said.
Cutts said it's not too late to get vaccinated. Peak flu season is December through February, but people can get vaccinated any time and still see the benefits.