The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting its deadliest flu season in at least 15 years. Since the current flu season began in October, 26 people have died of flu in the state.
That’s out a total 5,000 cases of the illness, according to the Department. Cases are still being reported, as the season typically ends in May.
Kim Deti says the Department only has records on flu seasons back to 2000.
"Since then we’ve had a range of deaths per season ranging from say 2-14 with an average of 6.5 so to see 26 influenza related deaths in a season definitely stands out for us," says Deti.
Deti says the flu season was particularly rough nationwide since one of the major flu strains changed after a vaccine was developed.