Flu shots

Wisconsin Among States With Most Reported Flu Cases

Jan 3, 2018

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....


Flu shots will be available Thursday(11/5/2015) in Eagle River after several clinics in Vilas County.

The Public Health Department is sponsoring the shots Thursday in the morning and afternoon from their offices at 302 W. Pine Street. Assistant Director Laurel Dreger says they're hoping to find people who haven't yet gotten their shots...


It's nearing prime time for influenza in the Northwoods.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says health officials have narrowed down the types of flu reported..

"....the main viruses...are the Influenza "A-H3N2", that's the predominant virus. We've also had some influenza-like illness circulating around the state of Wisconsin...."

Conlon says Wisconsin has a statistically high amount of flu or flu-like symptoms being reported.


No doubt you've heard of folks in the Northwoods who have been experiencing an outbreak of colds, flu and in some cases digestive problems. Perhaps you've been sick recently. The easiest way to reduce your chances of getting sick can be as easy as washing your hands.

Oneida County Health Department Specialist Marta Koelling talks about an easy prevention technique...

Oneida County Schools Offer Public Flu Vaccine Clinics

Sep 3, 2014

Oneida County school districts are hosting a series of flu vaccine clinics open to the community…and free for kids. 

As Oneida County Public Health Nurse Rob Deede explains, flu shots are recommended for adults and kids alike. 

“If anyone wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu, getting vaccinated is the best way to do that.  Especially folks that are at higher risk of getting the flu, such as children six months to 18 years old, pregnant women, those folks 50 years or older, someone with a medical condition, or someone who’s living in a nursing home.”

Flu Hitting Younger Adults

Jan 19, 2014
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Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year.  The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates. 

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults.  That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.

“That strain does attack certain populations.  And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”


Besides the beginning of the football season, it's also the beginning of the flu season. Health officials say it's a good time to consider a flu shot.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Van Den Heuvel has some tips....


"....recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months and if they are under six months, they cannot get a flu shot. It's really important that anyone that has a small infant, daycare, or works with a small infant gets their flu shots...."