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Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as the stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

In The News

COVID-19 holiday series: 5 things you can do to physically prepare for the long winter

The holiday season can be a tricky time to maintain physical health, and with COVID-19 keeping many people indoors and isolated, there are even more barriers to wellness.

November 25, 2020
Flu vaccine appointments offered across Southwest Minnesota

Flu vaccines to be offered across Southwest Minnesota in October to patients 6 months and older.

September 30, 2020
Flu vaccine appointments to be offered in Northwest Wisconsin

Vaccinations start Oct. 1 for patients 6 months and older.

September 21, 2020
Vaccinate early for flu

If more people are vaccinated for the flu, fewer people will become sick with the flu and fewer patients will require hospitalization.

September 8, 2020
Public urged to prevent spread of flu

Influenza typically peaks in January and February, and every year it's associated with illness ranging from mild to severe.

January 31, 2020

From The Blog

Mother and son with face masks

New combined testing for COVID-19, strep throat

Feeling ill? Is it COVID-19 or something else? You can get answers quickly and easily with a new combined triage and testing process.

December 8, 2020
Flu season medications illustration

What should you do if you have COVID-19 or the flu?

Unsure if you have the flu or COVID-19? Symptoms can be similar. Find out what to do and how to self-manage.

Muhanad Mohamed, M.D. By Muhanad Mohamed December 1, 2020
Childs arm prepping for flu shot

Preparing kids for a flu shot: Tips to help parents

Now more than ever, it's important to schedule flu vaccinations for your entire family. You can help prepare your children for getting a shot with these tips.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson October 22, 2020
Girl blowing nose illustration

Facts about flu

Flu season is just around the corner. Learn how to put up your best defense and decrease your chances of getting the flu.

Jeffrey Green MD By Jeffrey Green October 15, 2020
Online scheduling with a laptop

Schedule flu vaccinations through Patient Online Services, Mayo Clinic App

Put up your best defense by scheduling a flu vaccination through Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App — it's convenient. Select the date, time and location that's best for you.

September 29, 2020
Calendar flu shot reminder

Get vaccinated early for flu

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 28, 2020
Young woman taking her temperature and blowing her nose

Coronavirus vs. flu: Similarities, differences

COVID-19 and the flu have many similarities and some key differences. Find out what to know and how to protect yourself from these diseases.

August 25, 2020
Stickered yellow suitcase

Foreign travel plans? What to know about influenza before you go

Do you have plans to travel internationally? Be a smart traveler — learn about influenza before you go.

Lori Arndt, P.A.-C. By Lori Arndt December 27, 2019
Egg Allergies and The Flu Shot

Should my child with an egg allergy get the flu shot?

With flu season in full swing, there's still time to get a flu shot. But if your child has an egg allergy, you may be wondering if it's safe to be vaccinated.

Adela Taylor, M.D. By Adela Taylor December 18, 2019
Alice Bachop MSN FNP

Prevention tips for common fall and winter illnesses

Learn how you can prevent contracting and spreading common fall and winter illnesses with a few simple steps.

Alice Bachop MSN FNP By Alice Bachop November 4, 2014
Girl blowing nose illustration

Flu Q&A

The flu, like a particularly unwelcome relative during the holidays, tends to visit every year with various unwanted results. What can be done to ease your suffering?

January 14, 2014
Lori Schumacher PAC

Watch out for winter health mishaps

Snow, ice and the arctic-chilled air that engulfs Midwesterners from November to March adds an unwanted layer of difficulty to life. But the problems winter poses don’t stop at inconvenience — there are major health concerns to be aware of and attempt to prevent as well.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher January 3, 2014