With the number of influenza cases running significantly higher than last year at this time, health officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to get their flu shots and tell family members and friends that it’s not too late to get protection against the flu.
“Wisconsin’s influenza season started early this year and we’re seeing cases locally in Crawford County as well” said Gloria Wall, Crawford County Health Department Director/Health Officer.
State health officials have also reported an increase in flu cases this year. There have been 113 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases reported this season, compared with seven cases at this time last year. Twelve people have been hospitalized for influenza this season. There were no hospitalizations at this time last year.
The vaccine supply is ample and it is critical for older people and children to be protected. According to the CDC, everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated.
Crawford County Health Department still has flu vaccine available. Our vaccine is free for children age 6 months through 18 years. Please call 608-326-0229 to schedule your appointment.