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How to protect yourself from getting the flu

FLU-SHOT

(WQOW) - Health officials say another child has died from influenza complications in Wisconsin, making it the third pediatric flu death this season in the state.

Paulette Magur, the communicable disease division manager of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, said so far there have been 34 flu-related hospitalizations in Eau Claire County.

Last season, 58 people were hospitalized and she expects even more this year.

Health experts normally ask people to stay away from someone who is sick, but they know that is not always possible if you're the one taking care of them.

Magur said you can take several steps to lower the risk of getting the flu yourself.

"Wash your hands frequently. Don't touch your hands to your nose, mouth, or eyes since many times that's how we infect ourselves," Magur said. "Have that child wash their hands or loved one wash their hands. Try to keep other people in the household away from that child if at all possible."

Magur adds it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. It takes two weeks for your immune system to kick in after getting one but she said the season is far from over.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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