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Unlike Milwaukee, local hospital not banning kids from visiting just yet because of flu

Drew Kelly

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In Milwaukee, they’re banning children from visiting patients in fear of spreading the flu.

It’s ravaging the county, forcing the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee to take the temporary measure.

Locally, Megan Mueller with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse says they haven’t made that decision yet.

“We’re constantly evaluating the situation based off of what’s going on within the county, within the state,” she said. “Currently, we are advising visitors not visiting any patients if they’re not feeling well but that is all we’re doing.”

Mueller added that it is difficult to say how many patients have actually been treated for the flu.

“You’re going to come in and have flu-like symptoms and they’re going to tell you just to go home and wait it out,” she said. “So, it’s really hard to gauge, just what exactly our numbers are. We have limited numbers.”

Since 1982-83, February is when flu season is at its peak, according to the CDC.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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