PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
"It is valuable to still get it at any time," said Price County Health and Human Services Nurse Chelsea Onchuch. "We still have it. It's still available. They recommend anyone 6 months of age and older to get a yearly flu vaccination."
Even if you catch the flu after receiving the vaccine, it isn't a total waste. The vaccine will lessen the flu symptoms.
"It will lessen the symptoms generally if you do get the flu shot compared to if you don't get the flu shot," said Onchuck.
The flu vaccine for this year will expire on June 30. The next vaccine will be available starting in August.