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Stoughton Health Encourages Public to Get Flu Vaccine

Dec 16, 2021 | Covid-19, News & Notes

Stoughton Health encourages the public to get their influenza vaccine to stop the spread of this highly contagious and potentially dangerous virus. The flu is caused by influenza viruses that spread easily from person-to-person. The virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs.

Anyone can get the flu. People who have pre-existing medical conditions, those who live in long-term care facilities, and children younger than five are at greater risk for more severe illness from the flu. However, it is important to remember that even young and healthy people can also become very sick.

This past week the state of Wisconsin saw 438 confirmed cases of influenza and the fear is that this number will continue to rise. With the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, healthcare systems everywhere are concerned with having enough staffing and beds. Locally, Stoughton Hospital is seeing a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations as well.

“With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising it’s really more important than ever to get both a COVID-19 and flu vaccine,” states Dr. Aaron Schwaab, Stoughton Health’s Medical Director. “Hospitals everywhere are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 hospitalization surge. It’s a very real problem so we need our community to do everything they can to stay healthy. Getting vaccinated, staying home when you are sick, wearing a mask and frequently washing your hands are the best things you can do to help with the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu.”

To get your COVID-19 vaccine/booster or flu shot, contact your local pharmacy or clinic.