Mayor Barrett and other leaders roll up their sleeves to encourage you to get your flu shot!

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- There are 150 million doses of the flu vaccine in the United States, and on Tuesday, October 14th, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Commissioner of Health Bevan Baker and Jeff Martinka, the executive director of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee rolled up their sleeves -- joining children and families to share a message that getting vaccinated against the flu protects you, your family and your co-workers.

Influenza (the flu) is among the most common contagious respiratory illness in the United States. Though common, it can be serious, leading to hospitalization and sometimes death. During the 2013-2014 flu season, more than 260 people were hospitalized and two children died in Wisconsin.

"We know that there`s going to be probably 200,000 that will be hospitalized nationally because of the flu. Again, thousands will die. What we want to do is make sure people know that we have the ability here in the city of Milwaukee to give the flu vaccination," Mayor Barrett said.

The influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals over six months of age, especially those at greatest risk for serious complications, including adults 65 and older, children younger than five, and pregnant women.

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