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 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 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...."