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. Data specific to Wauwatosa is not available on Flu Trends.
Overall in Wisconsin, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
In Wauwatosa, public health nurses through the Wauwatosa Health Department are available to make home visits to administer flu vaccines to resident children or adults who are home-bound due to a health, disability or a mobility issue.
Those vaccinations are free for those 6 months to 18 years old. There is a $25 fee for adults, which can be reimbursed to those with Railroad Medicare, or Medicare with an HMO replacement plan. Call (414) 479-8939 to arrange a visit.
All Wauwatosa and area Walgreen's stores offer the flu vaccine. Stores are located at:
- 6600 W. State St.
- 2656 Wauwatosa Ave.
- 2275 N. Mayfair Rd.
- 10800 West Capitol Dr.
CVS Pharmacy also offers flu shots at its Wauwatosa store at 7520 Blue Mound Rd., as does Target at its 3900 N. 124th St. location.
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: