A state database that tracks immunizations in Wisconsin has hit a milestone.
The Wisconsin Immunization Registry shows that over a million people in the state have received flu shots this season. Department of Health Services spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says that's the highest number ever recorded, and it's a good sign that more doctors and clinics are beginning to use the voluntary database.
The registry allows the state, doctors, and patients to track their immunization records. Marquis says it can be a big help to families who move around or have to switch doctors, because it allows those records to be readily available so duplicate vaccines aren't given.
If you aren't among those who've received a flu shot this year, Marquis says there's still time to protect yourself. She says the state is just starting to notice an increase in reported flu cases. The shot requires a few weeks to build up an immunity.