Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – According to UW Health, fewer Wisconsinites got their flu vaccines last year than typical. Only about 40-percent of people in Wisconsin got a flu shot.

There were also less people catching the flu last winter due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts during the Delta and Omicron surges. There have been concerns about a possible twindemic, but for the most part doctors say it was avoided last year.

But with less flu shot immunity, on top of contagious COVID variants still circulating, doctors are concerned this could become a reality as the CDC reports four states already have moderate flu activity. 

“Anything we can do to keep sick people out of hospitals and clinics so that they can continue catching up with all this stuff they’ve gotten behind on during this pandemic is really important. You know, we’ve worried about this twindemic idea over the last couple of years and we were fortunate that flu didn’t take off. I think there is significant concern that as we get into respiratory viral season, flu and COVID and any number of other viruses together really could stretch our capacity to deal with illness as we need to across the state.”