Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Flu cases in Wisconsin expected to increase

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee and Wisconsin as a whole are experiencing a fairly typical flu season so far, but officials expect cases to be on the rise coming out of the holidays.flu-shot4

With winter in the air, the flu was on the minds of patients and staff at Milwaukee Health Services located on MLK Drive on Thursday, December 29th.

Recent numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show there have been 161 cases of the virus so far in the state, and 95 hospitalizations due to flu-related issues.

"We're kind of average, and a little lower than average, but the authorities in Wisconsin are saying that it is on the rise, so I think we're trying to make sure that we're staying vigilant," said Milwaukee Health Services Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Aronica Williams.

Officials stress that the best way to combat the flu remains the simple act of getting your shot -- either at a doctor's office, or perhaps as a walk-in patient at pharmacies like Meijer.

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flu shot

"Six months and up, the flu shot is recommended," said Williams.

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flu shot

"It lightens up on my colds too, so I notice that difference," said Dorthea Faine, patient.

"Most insurances will actually cover the flu shot at a zero dollar copay, because it's considered preventative health," said Meijer Pharmacy Team Lader, Lauren Darling.

While common, the flu still kills thousands of people every year. Those most at risk are children under five, and especially adults 65 and up. In fact, there's a high-dose vaccine for those older men and women.

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flu shot

"It's a little bit stronger, because they are more susceptible to the complications of flu. So it helps their body build a better immune response," said Darling.