Only 1 in 4 Wisconsinites Are Concerned About Flu

Winter is here in Wisconsin, and that means it’s time to get out your hats, scarfs, gloves, and boots. If you’re an outdoor lover, it’s also time for fun activities like sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and of course, snowman building.

It’s also the time of year when a not so friendly guest visits families and their homes. That guest is influenza, also known as the flu virus.

December and January are typically the peak months that many people get sick with the flu. While there are a variety of reasons that people don’t get a flu shot, they are your best defense against getting the flu and preventing others from catching it. If you’re interested, check out a recent blog article we wrote discussing 4 popular flu shot myths you should not believe.

Flu shots are available across our communities and getting one should be just as important to you and your family as wearing the appropriate attire in the winter. But as a recent study shows, that’s not the case.

According to the Aurora Health Care Quarterly Health of Wisconsin Report, only one in four people in Wisconsin are concerned about the flu. Even more revealing, a third of people both in Wisconsin and nationally never even get a flu shot. Why?

The same report revealed 42 percent of the respondents believe they don’t get sick during the year, and therefore they don’t need the flu shot.

These numbers are a bit scary. Statistically, we know there’s a spike in the number of people who get hit with the flu every year. By getting a flu shot, you can greatly increase your chances of staying healthy during the flu season, along with helping the people around you stay healthy too. Yet many people don’t do it.

This winter, let’s all make a better effort to change how we think about the flu and get vaccinated. It’s a decision your entire family will benefit from.

For more information about the flu, read this FAQ.

Meet the Author

Jeffrey K. Bahr, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also serves as the co-chair of the new system-wide Department of Primary Care across all of Aurora Health Care.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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