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Flu cases rise across Wisconsin, health officials recommend getting COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot at same appointment

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) -- According to the CDC, flu season typically runs from October to May, and peaks between December and February.

As a state, Wisconsin has seen a large increase in confirmed flu cases this year. Last year, across Wisconsin, there were only 38 positive tests for flu. In the week leading up to Thanksgiving this year, there were already 128 confirmed flu cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

With the rise in flu cases, Audrey Boerner, a public health specialist at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, said the health department is advising people to get both the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot during the same appointment.

"It makes it easier for families to have to only make one appointment, and we know it is safe to get those two vaccines at the same time. It gives your body a chance to prepare for both viruses that are circulating in the community this winter. People are gathering more, there's more events happening, and that's naturally going to increase the spread of some of those respiratory viruses," Boerner said.

The health department is not expecting flu shot hesitancy, and is on track to get approximately the same number of people vaccinated for the flu as years past.

News 18 also reached out to the Chippewa County Health Department, and they also recommended that people receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot at the same time.

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