Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Milwaukee area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends.
Overall in Wisconsin, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in the Greendale area that offer the vaccine:
- Walgreens: 6210 W Loomis Rd, Greendale
- Flu vaccinations are available at Walgreens daily. Walk in anytime or schedule an appointment by clicking here. Most insurance accepted.
- Aurora QuickCare in Southridge Mall:
- The following vaccines are available seasonal flu, meningitis, pneumonia and well tetanus. Prices of vaccines at Aurora QuickCare may vary, and patients must be five years or older to receive vaccines.
- Greendale Health Department:
- The department has both adult and children’s flu vaccine available. Call (414) 423-2110 to schedule a time for your visit. For adults over 65, the department can bill regular medicare (not medicare completeor medicare HMO). For other adults, the cost is $30. Children’s vaccine is $5. The health department can give flu vaccine to children aged 6 months through 18 years. the health department can give the flu shot for $5. Flu mist (inhaled flu vaccine) is also available for children for the same fee.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: