(Juneau) While COVID-19 infections continue to rise in Dodge County, health officials are reminding the public to protect themselves from influenza. Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says with both the coronavirus and the flu spreading this fall, it is especially important that everyone gets vaccinated. She says by doing so Dodge County can help keep health care resources available for those with COVID, which does not yet have a vaccine.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, during last year’s flu season there were over 36-thousand cases in Wisconsin with 44-hundred flu-related hospitalizations and 183 deaths. While no vaccine is 100-percent effective, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm says they can be extremely effective collectively. She says if a large portion of the population is vaccinated, occasional cases may still arise, but enough people will not contract the virus to cause widespread outbreaks.
Health officials note that getting vaccinated is one of the most important and proactive steps in protecting not only yourself and the people you love, but also the community as a whole. To locate an influenza vaccination location, visit www.vaccinefinder.org.