Health officials warn people to get flu shots despite surprising trend
MILWAUKEE - The City of Milwaukee Health Department claims more than half of those hospitalized because of the flu were not vaccinated.
Still, that leaves a big chunk - 44% - admitted to the hospital who did, in fact, get the shot.
"No vaccine is 100% effective," answers Paul Viedryzcki, Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health for the City of Milwaukee. "Many of the people hospitalized have underlying health conditions that are worsened by the complications. Those issues are asthma, diabetes and heart disease."
Health officials instead want to point out another trend in health data this flu season - the majority of people hospitalized are young to middle aged adults. Normally it's young children and seniors who are most vulnerable.
This week the City of Milwaukee is also rolling out a fresh campaign to encourage residents to get the vaccine.
“The last thing you want to bring home this holiday season is the flu,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. “The single best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine.”
Anyone looking for a location to receive vaccine near their home can use the flu vaccine finder at www.milwaukee.gov/health.