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Flu Report: What to do if you get the flu

MADISON (WKOW) -- Influenza has made its seasonal debut in Wisconsin, with more than 50 cases confirmed statewide, including at least one in Dane County.

The good news is that it is not too late to get some protection, which means you still have time to get the flu vaccine if you want it.

It takes about two weeks for the shot to take effect, so there are some other steps you can take to minimize the risk, like:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoiding contact with people who are ill
  • Knowing that the symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and body aches; not diarrhea and vomiting
  • Staying home when you're sick; don't spread the flu to others
  • If you are ill, take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. You can also use over-the-counter pain medications as needed for body ache. 

Public Health recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine, especially those at high risk of developing serious complications such as pneumonia, including those with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women and anyone age 50 and older.

Julie Hitt from Home Health United joins us for our last flu report of the season on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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