This chart from  the Centers for Disease Control compares the percentage of visits for influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) reported nationwide for this flu season (in red) versus past years.
This chart from the Centers for Disease Control compares the percentage of visits for influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) reported nationwide for this flu season (in red) versus past years.

   During a winter in which headlines have bemoaned a spike in influenza cases nationwide, Ripon and Fond du Lac County appear to be the anomaly.

   While the flu certainly has its hooks in the area, so far this flu season hasn’t hit Ripon as hard as other elsewhere.

   “We do have influenza circulating at high levels,” said Kim Mueller, director of the Fond du Lac County health department, adding that it’s not reached levels seen in some past years.

   But, she warns, it’s expected to get worse.

   Thus far, the statistics bear this out.

   Though peak flu season continues through February and possibly beyond, Ripon has not yet had any hospitalizations for influenza, according to Mueller.

   How does this compare to the worst year in recent memory?

   Mueller points to the 2014-15 flu season, when Ripon had seven people hospitalized during the season for the flu. But, as she pointed out, this year’s flu season “started a month later than in 2014” and could get worse.

Read the full story, including how health officials recommend people react if they get the flu, in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.