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Shoo the Flu!

While flu mist also known as the nasal spray is not recommended this flu season due to low effectiveness, the flu vaccine or flu shot will be available. The flu shot did perform well last flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone age six months and older should be vaccinated.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” said Laurel Dreger, Public Health Nurse. In Wisconsin flu season hit those 65 years and older the hardest; however there was an increase in the adult population under 65. Seasonal flu is usually spread from October through May in the United States. Flu and problems from flu are serious; please get vaccinated.

Vilas County Public Health Department is now holding flu clinics for adults, at the following sites, dates and times: 2016 Flu Schedule

If you have more questions about influenza or times of clinics, please call Vilas County Public Health Department at 715-479-3656.

The Great American Smokeout!

November 17 - Make it Your Quit Day

This event encourages smokers to quit or to use the day to make a quit plan. Free help is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

5 Ways to Get Ready to Quit Smoking:

  1. Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout or another quit day within the next 2 weeks.
  2. Tell your family and friends you plan to quit. Share your quit date with the important people in your life and ask for support. A daily e-mail, text message, or phone call can help you stay on course and provide moral support.
  3. Expect and plan for challenges. The urge to smoke is short—usually only 3 to 5 minutes. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to cope. Even one puff can feed a craving and make it stronger.
  4. Get rid of cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car, and workplace. Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays. Clean and freshen your car, home, and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
  5. Talk to your pharmacist, doctor, or quitline coach about quit options. Nicotine patches, gum, or other approved quit medicines may help with cravings.

For tips from people who quit, visit:http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/