Health officials urge shots as flu cases rise in Wisconsin

Howard Zucker declared influenza prevalent in NY.

During recent flu seasons, up to 90 percent of flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 and older. That means health care workers not vaccinated yet must wear masks around patients. "Getting a flu vaccine is still the best way to stay healthy during flu season".

About 970,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in 2014, and more than 40 million were affected by flu-related illnesses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The state health commissioner says the flu is widespread in NY, and that now is the time to get your flu shot.

Flu season typically runs from October through May.

The number of San Diegans coming down with influenza continues to be more than double the cases as of this time previous year, and an additional person has died of the illness, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

The state recommended everyone six months of age or older receive a flu vaccination. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for complications from the flu, which includes children younger than 2, pregnant women and people with preexisting conditions such as asthma, heart disease and weakened immune systems due to disease or medications such as chemotherapy or chronic steroid use. That may be true, unless you come down with the flu.

Flu vaccines are widely available across Middle Tennessee, including local pharmacies, walk-in clinics, doctor's offices and for a $25 fee at all MNPH locations Monday-Friday.

  • Delores Daniels