For Wisconsinites the cold comes with the holiday season but
that also means be prepared for the flu season .
Just last week, two people in the state were confirmed with the virus and now there are seven total confirmed cases in Wisconsin.
Year after Year, as we near the fall and winter seasons, thousands across the nation get the influenza virus--more commonly known as the flu.
The virus infects the respiratory tract which can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications for many people. The virus is also very contagious.
Donna Moraksa, Infection Control Professional of Sacred Heart Hospital, said influenza is passed on by people coughing on you but also through direct contact.
CDC officials also said on average there are more than 200,000 people hospitalized from flu complications and 36,000 die from it.
Some of the symptoms you'll experience if you have the flu are a high fever, headaches, and extreme tiredness.
Though influenza can be a serious illness, there are many everyday things people can do to prevent getting the virus such as getting the flu vaccine.
There are also other important methods people have to prevent getting or spreading the flu though.
Moraska said, "Simple hand washing and doing that frequently.?
She also adds that people take caution when in larger crowds by being cautious of what we're doing with our hands.
Though even if you're not near a sink to wash your hands, there are other ways you can make sure you are not getting or spreading the virus.
Moraska also said that using hand gels is helpful.
"Hand hygiene can be effective with the gels that we have now, the alcohol based gels, they're very effective in killing the influenza virus."
If you do get the illness, make sure to see a doctor if you have a high fever and avoid all public places which includes not going to work or school.
Officials also say it's not too late to get the flu shot.
If you would like more detailed information on flu prevention, Sacred Heart Hospital is holding a forum tomorrow evening at seven.