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Health officials encourage vaccinations ahead of flu season

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The changing of the weather means that flu season is quickly approaching.

A good indication of how severe the flu will be is by taking a look at the Southern Hemisphere. That is because the flu season in that region occurs during our summer months here in the United States. Also, the trends of the flu season in the U.S. tend to mimic those that came a few months prior in the Southern Hemisphere. Since there were such high numbers of the flu this year in that region, specifically in Australia, health officials in La Crosse are already on high alert.

“You sometimes hear that since the flu is mitigating, the flu shot is not going to be as effective. But it is still important to get it because it will offer you some protection. Quite a bit of the protection of the virus does not change,” said La Crosse County public health nurse Jo Foellmi.

Ahead of this flu season, Foellmi also wants to dispel some common myths about the flu shot. She said that if you get sick soon after getting the flu shot, it is because you were already exposed to whatever viruses are going around.

The flu vaccine is expected to work well this year. If you get a flu shot, expect it to take about two weeks to kick in. Check with your local healthcare provider to see when they will start taking appointments for flu shots.

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