Winter and influenza goes hand in hand, and this year is no exception. 23 states, including Wisconsin, are seeing widespread cases of the virus. Manitowoc County Health Officer, Amy Wergin said the people who contract the flu will, “…get a fever, body aches, sore throat, a cough, and some people will occasionally get some gastro-intestinal symptoms, but those are very rare.” Those most susceptible are children and the eldery, aalong with those with suppressed immune systems. Wrgin says that the best preventative measures are practicing good health habits, such as proper nutrition, exercise, and getting plenty of rest, but getting your flu shot is paramount. Wergin stated, “It really is important for children to be immunized because that is actually the best place for it to move around the community. So if we can get our children immunized adequately, then it is less likely to affect the adult population.” If you were to pick up the virus, Wergin suggests, “…cover your cough or sneeze, then wash your hands, and stay home when you are sick.” Flu Season typically lasts through April, and healthcare advocates emphasize that it’s never too late to receive your flu shot. Simply contact your local health care clinic, or healthcare provider for more information.