Children's Hospital of Wisconsin kicks off flu shot campaign

Posted at 8:02 PM, Sep 22, 2017

With flu season just around the corner you've probably already started getting inundated with reminders to get your flu shot.

Health professionals say now is the ideal time to get the flu shot for your kids.

“You definitely want to do it now so you’re ready in case we do have an early outbreak of flu,” said Dr. Kristin Bencik-Boudreau with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The pediatrician says parents should get their kids in because children are a much higher risk.

“Newborns especially, pregnant women are at a very high risk,” Bencik-Bourdeau said. “This is really the only thing you can do to protect your child from getting the Flu.”

This year's flu strain has four parts to it and the shot is the only option for protection.

“The nasal flu mist is actually not available at all because it was found to be ineffective so last year and this year it’s not available, they’re working on it and hopefully we can get it back next year,” she said.

Children's Hospital says during the last flu season they gave close to 50,000 shots. Doctors say the vaccine is safe and will not give you the flu. Those with chronic diseases are also at a high risk to get the flu as well.

If you would like to sign up for a flu shot, you can visit the hospital's website or call (414) 266-1660.