9/28/17 – Wisconsin health officials are still trying to find out why the flu season has gotten off to an early start. Nineteen cases have been confirmed, eight people have been hospitalized, and state officials say both numbers are four times higher than last year. State influenza surveillance coordinator Tom Haupt says his agency is submitting more samples to the U-S Centers for Disease Control — but they have not found any kind of a trend. Dodge County Public Health Officer Jody Langfeldt says people should get their annual flu shots as soon as possible. Langfeldt especially encourages people with children under the age of six months or seniors 65-year-old and over, especially those with chronic health problems like diabetes, heart disease, cancer or any immune disorder. She says getting the flu shot will boost your immunity.