WI woman urging people to get flu shot after near-death experience

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BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU)-- Health workers tell us to get the flu shot every year, but for a Wisconsin woman, it became a matter of life or death.

Allison Miller, who is a former anchor and reporter at WEAU, says she never really thought about getting the flu shot before, but around March of last year, what started as cold-like symptoms, turned into a 3-month hospital stay.

Miller says complications from the flu forced doctors to put her on life support, and she had to have her leg amputated.

Now she wants everyone to know how important it is to get the flu shot.

"To think that something that most people don't consider anything other than a nuisance in terms of being sick for a few days, led to being a breath away from death in less than 48 hours, is fairly remarkable, " says Miller.

If you'd like to get a flu shot, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire says you can call and make an appointment starting on Monday, September 28th. The official kick-off date for flu shots at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will begin October 12th.

Marshfield Clinic is also offering flu vaccines at its Eau Claire area centers. They says making an appointment is the best option, but walk-ins are accepted. People might just have to wait before they are seen.

Both Marshfield Clinic and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department are also offering several flu shot clinics in the coming weeks. Attached is a link to those dates and times.

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