Demand for flu vaccine surges after outbreak in Wisconsin

CREATED Jan 14, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - The demand for the flu vaccine is rising in Wisconsin.

Doctors in our state have diagnosed more than 4,200 people with influenza.  One child has died from the flu.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the winter of 2012-13 has brought the most sever flu season in at least five years.

"We're seeing some fewer patients with flu complaints, but it's still busy overall," Dr. Jonathan Rubin of Froedtert Hospital told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

The Department of Health Services says that the state hasn't experienced its flu season peak yet.

"It is worse than what we've seen in some of the prior years," explained Dr. Rubin.

He suggests that your best defense is to get the vaccine.

"This year's vaccine is fairly effective, so the recommendation is that if people still have not gotten their flu shot, it would make sense to get it now."

Click here to find Wisconsin flu clinics.