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.
CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening.
Walker's plan to be voted on Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee also requires federal approval from President Donald Trump's administration. It could serve as a nationwide blueprint as Walker prepares to run for a third term next year.
VILAS COUNTY - People in Vilas County will see a new member of the Sheriff's Department.
His name is Helo, and he's the new K9 unit.
He's a year-and-a-half-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary.
Helo replaces Draco, the Vilas County K9 who retired in 2016.
Helo and his handler, Deputy Zac Stern, recently got back from a six-week long training program in North Carolina.
"Give him a command, they're all in Dutch, that way I'm the only one who's familiar with the commands," Stern said.
Helo will be with Deputy Zac Stern on all of his shifts. He also lives at home with Stern.
Helo is trained in drug detection and apprehension.
"They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we can and a lot faster," Stern said. "Kind of referring to the tracking, whether it's a missing person or a criminal we're trying to track down, obviously he can do that a lot faster."
Deputy Stern says Helo is a very friendly dog, and if you see them out and about, don't be afraid to say hello.
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