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Pierce County experiencing flu outbreak

Since Jan. 18, at least nine people in Pierce County have been hospitalized with confirmed influenza, compared with only one person at this time last season. One Wisconsin child has died as a result of influenza so far this season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. Early findings show those who have gotten the season's vaccine have reduced their risk of having to visit the doctor for influenza treatment by 60 percent.

"The CDC warns that even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others," Pierce County health officer Sue Galoff said. "It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease. People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine."

For more information on where to get an influenza vaccination, call Pierce County Public Health at 715-273-6755.