Naomi Dassow is a Registered Nurse with the North Shore Health Department and said you can still get vaccinated for high flu time, which is expected to peak in January.
"The peak of the influenza season is often in January or February, or even later," Dassow said. "All ages should be vaccinated, because all are susceptible to become ill with the flu."
Those most at risk are very young children and the elderly, Dassow said, because they can develop pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, or even chronic medical conditions. Women who are pregnant should also consider a flu shot, she said.
The NSHD has finished their formally scheduled flu clinics, however, you can still make an appointment and get a flu shot for $30 for adults and $5 for children at the Brown Deer or Shorewood office locations by calling 414-371-2980.
There are plenty of other places in Fox Point and Bayside to get flu shots, including:
- CVS Pharmacy: 8661 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point
- CVS offers flu shots everyday in Fox Point. They also accept insurance and Medicare Part B. They have vaccines for both adults (including the new, smaller-needle intradermal vaccine for ages 18-64) and children 18 months old and younger. Walk-ins are welcome, but shoppers can also schedule appointments by clicking here.
- Walgreens: 8615 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point
- Flu vaccinations are available at the Fox Point Walgreens daily. Walk in anytime or schedule an appointment by clicking here. Most insurance accepted.
Why should you get a flu shot?
Dassow said it's as simple as most people that have actually had influenza, don’t want to ever get it again.
"It can mean several days of cold symptoms with the addition of fevers, chills, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue," she said. "The flu is spread by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. A person can touch surfaces that have been in contact with the virus and also get ill when they touch their mouth or nose."
Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs.
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated as early as possible, as it takes a few weeks to reach full immunity.
Many employers and community organizations also offer flu shot clinics, and non-profit organizations and local governments may offer vouchers for free shots.
To find other places to get a flu shot locally, check out the Flu Vaccine Finder.