Officials: Wausau flu death shows need for shots

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Health officials say the flu death of a Wausau man highlights the need to get vaccinated.

Jeremy Whipps Sr. died Feb. 4, two weeks after he was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. He was 43.

Judy Burrows, program manager at the Marathon County Health Department, tells the Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/1gHd3wY ) you wouldn't expect someone that age to die from the flu. But for some reason, she says, H1N1 is affecting younger, healthy people very hard.

The first U.S. case of H1N1 was recorded in 2009. While the World Health Organization declared an end to the H1NI pandemic in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control says it's still widespread in adults and children throughout the country.

State health officials report the flu is not currently considered widespread in Wisconsin, however.

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