This year's flu shot offers protection against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and H3N2 virus) and one influenza B virus.
The flu summit brought together health experts, including representatives of the World Health Organisation and other leading institutes, to develop strategies for managing future flu seasons.
The Monroe County Health Department is offering influenza vaccines to children 18 years and younger at the Boys & Girls Club in Tomah on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4:15-6 p.m.
Influenza, or the flu, is a risky respiratory (lung) infection that is very contagious.
"Children under five have some of the highest rates of influenza and associated complications, and this year has been no different".
Influenza spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
The flu vaccine is updated every year to protect against new viruses and is safe and effective.
"Unfortunately influenza can not be eradicated so we need to continue finding ways of protecting the community from this debilitating virus". Young children, people 50 years or older, those with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women are at a higher risk from the flu, DHEC says.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 9a.m.to 4p.m.at the Kimberley Centennial Hall there will be a free flu shot clinic for those who qualify. Researchers said flu cases are at their worst in the USA between December and February, but influenza activity could linger into May. Those treatments include plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding smoking, breathing in moist air from a hot shower or a sink filled with hot water to help clear stuffy nose and considering non-prescription cough and cold medications (not recommended for children under the age of six).
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October, but even if you get your vaccine later it is better than not getting vaccinated at all.