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FIRST INFLUENZA CASE CONFIRMED IN WISCONSIN
People Encouraged to Get Flu Shot
MADISONState health officials today announced that an adult from
Northeastern Wisconsin is the first confirmed case of influenza among
Wisconsin residents for the 2011-12 influenza season.
“This laboratory confirmed case indicates that influenza has arrived
in Wisconsin and serves as a reminder to everyone to get their flu shot if
they haven’t already done so,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health
Officer. “Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to avoid getting
To get your flu shot, contact your health care provider, local public
health department, tribal health clinic, or go to www.flu.gov
to find a flu vaccination center near you. This first case indicates an
early start to flu season for Wisconsin that generally runs from November
to March, with peak activity around late-January or February. According to
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza
vaccine will continue to be shipped to Wisconsin throughout the flu
“There is still time for the vaccine to be effective and help prevent
complications that can be caused by the flu, such as pneumonia or
hospitalization,” Anderson said.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. “Flu”
illness ranges from very mild to severe cases, and in some instances, can
cause life-threatening complications. Influenza symptoms can come on
quickly and include:
To stay healthy and to protect yourself and those around you from
getting the flu, you can take the following steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve. 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 symptoms.
- Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (i.e., 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. To learn more about influenza, visit http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/influenza/.
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Last Revised: October 21, 2011