Increase in flu cases in Wisconsin, but flu shots still an option

CREATED Dec 3, 2012

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OAK CREEK - The flu is hitting Wisconsin early this year but a Milwaukee-area doctor says you still have time to protect yourself. 

State health officials say they've confirmed 113 cases of the flu already this year, compared to seven at this time last year.

Northern Wisconsin has been hit hard, but Dr. Jennifer Scheeler with Wheaton Franciscan in Oak Creek says it's heading this way.

"Getting your flu shot now is a great way to protect yourself," explained Dr. Scheeler to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.

"You absolutely do not get the flu from the flu shot itself."

Dr. Scheeler says you were probably already exposed to something and got sick. 

She says you should get the shot ASAP because it takes about 10 days for the immunity to kick in. 

State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson says Wisconsin's flu season started early this year.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is next week, Dec. 2-8.

Anderson says health officials are asking everyone to take the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's flu vaccination pledge by getting their flu shot and encouraging others to do the same.