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Flu season begins in central Wisconsin


The flu season has begun and flu shot providers in central Wisconsin say they've been busy.

From grocery stores to hospitals the flu vaccine is seemingly everywhere.

But a few places Newsline 9 visited on Tuesday report they've run out of the vaccine this year, and on more than one occasion.

"As the temperature kind of goes down a little bit and we're getting closer to winter people are starting to realize that this is the time to get it," said pharmacist Daniel Bradley. "Certainly it's never too late but this is a perfect time if you haven't already."

According to reports released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, by this time last year in Wisconsin four people had died from the flu virus with 26 people reportedly being hospitalized.

So far this year, state health officials report no deaths have occurred, and just four people have been sent to the hospital.

Health experts say it's important to take the time and get the flu shot.

"If you haven't gotten it yet it's never too late," said Bradley.

One myth is that the flu vaccine can make you sick after you get it. Physicians say that's not true.

"Unfortunately at the time everyone is getting their influenza vaccine is the start of when you get all your winter illnesses," said Matt Hall, infectious disease physician at the Marshfield Clinic.

There are two ways to get the flu vaccine: with the shot, or with the nasal spray.

"It's very different from the shot in that it's a live vaccine, an attenuated live vaccine, appropriate for children and adults up to age 49," said Hall.

Physicians say getting a flu shot not only protects yourself, but it's also a weapon in helping stop the spread of the virus.

Employees at the Wisconsin Department of Health say two million people got the flu vaccine in Wisconsin last year.

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