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According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, flu shot rates in Wisconsin have fallen in the past couple seasons. As of Dec. 8, 31% of Wisconsinites — about 1.83 million — have received the flu shot during the 2022-23 flu season. During the 2021-22 season, 2,147,516 Wisconsinites (37%) received a shot by December. During the 2020-2021 season, 2,408,722 Wisconsinites (41%) did.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services tracks influenza vaccination rates among six age groups. As of Dec. 8, Wisconsinites 65 years and older had the highest percentage, at 63.3%. Residents ages of 18 -49 had the lowest rate, at 19.7%.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October, but vaccination after October “can still provide protection during the peak of flu season.”

Health officials say Wisconsinites aged six months and older can get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster at the same time.

Sources

Wisconsin Department Of Health Services: Immunizations: Influenza Vaccine Data

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin health leaders encourage flu shots ahead of what may be a more severe season for the virus

Wisconsin Department Of Health Services: Wisconsin Influenza Vaccine Update: 2019–2021

Centers for Disease Control: Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season

Wisconsin Department Of Health Services: DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Protect Themselves Against Respiratory Viruses this Holiday Season

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.