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Flu season underway in Wisconsin, Eau Claire health officials say

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Wednesday's snow was a chilly reminder that flu season is just around the corner in Wisconsin.

Staff at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department said they typically start seeing flu cases in the middle of December, and that season can last until April. Health officials said so far, there have been 30 reported flu cases in the Wisconsin but none in Eau Claire County. Eau Claire County typically has 50 cases each year. The health department said we had a good-matching vaccine in 2015 with only 37 cases reported.

Health officials said they believe they have a vaccine that matches the virus well again this season. Paulette Magur, a public health nurse supervisor at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, said symptoms of the flu include a cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue, and those who have the flu should avoid sharing the illness with others.

"Stay home from work or other people's gatherings so you don't get other people sick. Most people, unless they have a lot of health conditions or get really sick, don't have to go see their doctor for this,” Magur said. “Viruses don't need antibiotics, but just get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids. Try to eat as best you can, and just lay low."

The health department said now is the perfect time to get a flu shot because it takes two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. The health department will have a flu clinic coming up on Monday, November 28 from 4 p.m-6 p.m. The cost is $42, but the health department does accept Medicare as a form of payment. Those interested can call to make an appointment

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