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Take action to prevent the flu!

1. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot. Getting the flu shot can reduce flu illness, doctor's visits, missed work or school days due to flu, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

2. Stop the spread of germs. Taking basic steps can reduce flu like illness. Remember to wash your hands often, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you are sick, remember to stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications.

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Antiviral drugs are different than antibiotics. They are available through a prescription from your doctor. Antiviral drugs can make your illness shorter and less severe. They may prevent flu complications for people who have high-risk factors.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, and feeling tired. Some people may also have vomiting or diarrhea. If you have flu-like symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

General Information

Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are one of the greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines prevent disease in people who receive them. Additionally, if enough people in the community are vaccinated, the entire community can be protected because there is little opportunity for an outbreak to occur. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and Haemophilus influenza.

Through the introduction of routine vaccinations, these and other vaccine-preventable diseases occur much less often in the United States. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent these diseases and the serious effects they can cause.

Need Help?

Contact the WIR Help Desk by phone 608-266-9691 or email.

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What is the Wisconsin Immunization Program's Vision?

To eliminate vaccine preventable disease through immunization.

What is the Wisconsin Immunization Program's Mission?

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health Immunization Program, in partnership and collaboration with local partners, strives to eliminate the transmission of vaccine preventable disease through effective immunization programs and outbreak control measures. Utilizing best practice strategies and evidence-based programming, the steps to achieve this mission include:

  • Improving the effectiveness of immunization delivery systems.
  • Increasing immunization access for all.
  • Identifying and eliminating racial, ethnic and other disparities.
  • Protecting the community through high immunization rates.

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Last Revised: March 16, 2018