The Importance of the Flu Vaccine

Influenza causes many hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. each year. The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for everyone older than 6 months. Despite this recommendation, flu vaccination rates are typically low nationwide and also in Wisconsin (<50% on average).

Ensuring that everyone in Wisconsin gets a flu vaccination (also called flu shot, or flu immunization) this year is more important than ever. The state Extension office is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to share these important messages and resources about the importance of getting a vaccine this year.

Amanda Miller and Janeth Orozco are helping share this valuable information by including it in classes and programs, distributing print materials (fact sheets and flyers), providing information to local coalitions and committees, and distributing press releases. Cassi Worster, the marketing specialist, is helping the team share information on social media, including Facebook and websites. All information has been adapted from resources by the Wisconsin Immunization Program.

These efforts help local public health departments further reach community members that may be generally underserved. For more information, visit:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services –

Families Fighting Flu –