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STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE FLU SHOTS TO PROTECT FAMILY AND FRIENDS
People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated
MADISON—With the holidays around the corner, and winter break about to
start for schoolchildren, state health officials today encouraged
Wisconsin residents to give the gift of influenza protection by getting
a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated.
“The most effective way to prevent influenza is by getting
vaccinated,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. “Getting
your flu shot and making sure children are vaccinated can help protect
relatives and friends of all ages, and will help protect children when
they return to school in January.”
Laboratory confirmed influenza cases have been reported statewide,
with influenza A and B strains circulating. All age groups are affected.
So far this season, 14% of those hospitalized with influenza were under
age 18; 18% were aged 18 to 49; 22% were aged 50 to 64; and 46% were
aged 65 and older.
Anderson noted that influenza has not yet peaked in Wisconsin, making
it especially important to get vaccinated to prevent future cases. To
get your flu shot and flu shots for your family, contact your health
care provider, pharmacy, local public health department or tribal health
clinic, or go to www.flu.gov to find a
flu vaccination center near you.
Health officials also suggest these important steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to
avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw
it away after one use.
- Use your own drinking cups and straws.
- Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like
- Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs,
refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).
- If you think you have the flu, stay home, get rest, drink plenty
of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. If your symptoms
persist, contact your doctor.
For more information on influenza, visit
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December 19, 2012