While it has been a busy year for cases of COVID-19, officials at Tomah Health report just the opposite for the flu season.

Tomah Health Infection Prevention Practitioner Josephine Piper says the low flu infection rate can be linked to COVID.

Piper said during a typical year, Tomah Health has recorded its first case of influenza by January.

The story is the same throughout Wisconsin. State health officials reported more than 12-hundred hospitalizations from flu and 26 deaths last year, compared with just 11 flu hospitalizations and no deaths this year.

Despite the quiet year, Piper said it is not too late to get a flu shot. She also urged continued good health hygiene including washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face or mask, especially in public.

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