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Peak Flu Season Is Approaching And Shots Still Available


If you've put it off, there's still time to get a flu shot.

Health agencies and businesses typically begin giving flu shots in the fall as the flu cases begin to show up in larger numbers.

But Public Health Nurse at Oneida County, Jennifer Bates, says they still have some vaccine available..

"..We've been seeing a lower amount than usual of flu. We're starting to see numbers going up a little bit. I don't think we've seen our peak yet for Wisconsin yet. One of the best things you can do is go get the flu vaccine If you haven't gotten in already. We do have some supplies here while the supplies last...."

She says pharmacies, physicians and other still have some flu vaccine. Bates says the peak flu season here is approaching... "

..Last year we saw our peak a few weeks from now. They call it 'week 6' so it would be mid-February is when we saw our peak here. We might see a little bit of an increase yet..."

Bates says flu prevention is just as important.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding close contact with sick people.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

If you are sick with flu symptoms stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

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