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Ascension Wisconsin is implementing temporary visitor restrictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings to minimize disease transmission, specifically the COVID-19 virus.

Ascension spokesperson Tom Weaver says the restrictions are similar to times of heavy influenza numbers....

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We received a Curious North question from Sarah Juon of Rhinelander checking on what precautions should be taken if you're traveling via airplane in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

We asked Oneida County Public Health Nurse Rebecca Lohagen what things travelers taking flights should do to protect themselves from this respiratory virus. She says you should follow the same types of precautions you would during any flu season...

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As flu season peaks in this region and the threat, globally, of the Coronavirus continues to grow, state health officials are saying while more people have gotten influenza shots, more than half have not.

State Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist Tom Haupt says the flu has impacted Wisconsin..

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This influenza season has resulted in hundreds of hospitalizations and nearly a dozen deaths so far with more months to go.

The state Department of Health Services issued a statement last week saying hospitalizations are on the rise. Locally, Leslie Schott of the Oneida County Health Department says there's been more flu than recent years...


People of all ages are invited to a mass flu vaccine clinic offered at Rhinelander High School and James Williams Middle School next week.

There has been an early flu season in Wisconsin.

Rhinelander District School Nurse Kerri Schmidt details the clinic...

"...On Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we are hosting...the Oneida County Health Department nurses, at Rhinelander High School for the mass flu clinic for the community. And then again on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at James Williams Middle School...."

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More influenza cases are popping up earlier than in previous years.

Oneida County Health Department spokesperson Maria Otterholt says the flu can have very bad outcomes and a shot can help keep it at bay.... "The best thing for someone to prevent getting the flu is get an annual flu vaccine. You only need to get it once per year. You can come into the Oneida County Health Department.

No appointment is necessary for getting that flu vaccine to help prevent it from hitting you and the ones you love....


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..

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Flu shots are being offered to Northwoods veterans by the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says flu shots are available to all veterans enrolled right now. He says they can get a flu shot during any regularly scheduled appointment.

But he says they are scheduling clinics at VA facilities... "

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The beautiful fall-like weather can sometimes lead us to forget the season will be changing soon. But another season is also arriving soon and it’s time to prepare says an Oneida County Community Health Specialist.

Flu season can run anywhere from October to May and peaks during December to February.

Maria Otterholt says the best time to get a flu vaccination is as soon as it’s available…

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The federal Centers for Disease Control(CDC) has determined Wisconsin is one of 35 states where the flu is now officially considered to be "widespread."

The state of Wisconsin reports 776 patients have had to be hospitalized after contracting the influenza virus this season.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Bates says the weekly state report shows the flu is moving north...


It's still not too late to get a flu shot says a local health professional.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that flu activity has been increasing since the start of November. It is now higher than usual for this time of year said the report. As of last week, seven children had died from influenza.

Oneida County public health nurse Jennifer Bates says they're encouraging people to come in and get the shot. She says the best time to get the shot is early in the flu season, usually in the fall....


State health officials say the flu season is getting an early start in Wisconsin.

State Health Officer Karen McKeown says they've already heard reports of flu cases and hospitalizations.

Locally, Oneida County Health Department spokesperson Maria Otterholt says they're holding a series of flu clinics around the county beginning this week, and for the next two months.

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Weather conditions still feel summer-like, but the calendar says the annual influenza season is arriving and agencies and businesses are offering flu shots.

Community Health Specialist Maria Otterholt at Oneida County's Health Department says you can get the flu anytime, but is most prominent in the fall and winter. She says there are several groups of people who benefit the most from a flu shot....


While Whooping Cough has been in the news in the Northwoods recently, quietly the number of influenza cases in Wisconsin continues to rise.

Oneida County Health Department Nurse Rob Deede says the state is reporting flu is starting to affect senior citizens...

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Cases of whooping cough have been reported in Oneida county and a county public health nurse says take precautions. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a "whooping" sound.

Oneida County Nurse Rob Deede says pertussis is spread person-to-person quite easily....