According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a noticeable increase in influenza cases and associated hospitalizations nationwide — including Wisconsin — serves as a reminder that it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine.

The flu causes high fever, aches, cough and fatigue. It also can lead to pneumonia and even death. Pregnant women, infants and anyone with ongoing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the infection.

The best way you have to potentially protect yourself and your family is to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for almost all individuals over 6 months of age. This year’s vaccine is well-matched with the strain of the primary virus that is causing the most serious illness.

The vaccine is safe, and it works. Vaccines are available through your primary care physician, your local health department or at the health department sponsored vaccine clinic located at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The vaccine clinic is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located within the outpatient lab on the second floor of our clinics building. No appointment is necessary.

You can also use the Vaccine Finder to find a flu vaccine location near you.

Lyn Ranta, MD– Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.

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