RHINELANDER - Most of us know we should get a flu shot ever year. But this year, it's even more important.
Flu cases are on the rise in the Northwoods. That's why the Oneida County Health Department wants everyone to take precautions. The Health Department wants everyone to know it's never too late to get your flu shot.
"Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect against getting the flu. And again, it is never too late to get your flu shot to help protect you," says Rob Deede, RN.
The Oneida County Health Department is still offering flu shots. It's something they don't usually do in mid-January. Children under 18, pregnant women, and people 50 years or older are most likely to catch the flu. But they're not the only ones who should get the shot.
"Everyone six months and old, can and should get the flu shot. Especially those with medical conditions or would get sick easier than others," said Deede.
You can walk in anytime from 8:30 to 4:00 next Monday through Friday. The flu shot is 25 dollars and is covered by some medical insurances. For more information visit the Oneida County Health Department website or call them at (715) 369-6111.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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