With the worst part of the flu season under way, residents still have time and opportunities to get vaccinated.
"We still have plenty of flu vaccinations left, and they're available to both residents and non-residents," said Judi Price, health officer at the Oak Creek Health Department.
Price said the health department hasn't fielded many requests for flu vaccinations yet this season, typically vaccinating one person a week, but officials are still reaching out to people in the area.
"There does seem to be an increase in flu-like symptoms at work areas lately," she said. "This is the beginning of the flu season, right after Christmas, and we're continually watching and monitoring reported cases."
The Oak Creek Health Department administers flu shots to adults only at City Hall, 8640 S Howell Ave., unless a medical condition prevents a patient from receiving it. The cost is $24, which can be billed through certain Medicare insurance plans.
While no appointment is necessary, people should call (414) 768-6525 to make sure a nurse is on-site.
Other places in Oak Creek offering flu shots include the Pick 'n Save in-store pharmacies at 6462 S. 27th St. and 2320 W. Ryan Road, which administer flu shots on a walk-in basis for $24.99.
The Pick 'n Save at 8770 S. Howell Ave. expects to begin offering flu shots on Monday when a new pharmacist joins the staff.
"We want to make sure that everyone who needs a flu shot gets one," Pick 'n Save pharmacist Dan Strommen said.
Walgreens, meanwhile, offers flu shots for $29.99 and has an online form to fill out to make the process quicker in the store. Costs for a flu shot at CVS and Target are $29.95 and $24, respectively.
Influenza may occur at any time, but cases generally occur from November through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In recent seasons, the highest number of reports came in during January and February.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported influenza-like illness activity in Wisconsin as low or minimal as of Jan. 1, while activity in the region and across the United States is above baseline levels.