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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

Flu vaccination appointments available in Southwest Wisconsin

Schedule your flu vaccination appointment today. 

September 23, 2022
Vaccination sites relocating to main campuses in multiple locations

COVID-19 and influenza vaccination sites will relocate back to the main clinic campuses in Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Red Wing. Patients will go to the clinic’s main entrance to check i...

December 13, 2021
Southwest Wisconsin COVID-19, flu vaccination

Learn about testing volumes, and how to schedule a COVID-19 and flu vaccination, or COVID-19 test.

December 7, 2021
Vaccine clinic in La Crosse extended

Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are available Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 11.

October 20, 2021

From The Blog

Pregnancy and respiratory illnesses: Tips to reduce your flu risks

Flu season usually starts in the fall. Learn how the influenza vaccine reduces hospitalization during pregnancy and can protect the baby from the flu after birth.

Thomas Howell Jr MD By Thomas Howell Jr. September 30, 2022

Don't skip your flu shot this year

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 22, 2022

Expect a different flu season: Why you'll want to be vaccinated for the flu

This year's flu season could be different than the last two years. A Mayo Clinic expert explains why vaccination for flu will be important this year.

September 8, 2022

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

Unsure if you have 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 6, 2021

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 November 1, 2021

Fight off the flu with immune-boosting nutrients

It's flu season and time to get a flu shot. But what about foods or supplements to ward off the flu and colds? Check out these myths, facts and immune-boosting recipes.

October 26, 2021

Get your flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine at the same time

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu. Learn why and how you can get both shots at the same time.

October 18, 2021

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.

October 4, 2021

Flu shots and COVID-19

All the safety measures that prevent COVID-19 also prevent flu. With masking and social distancing requirements relaxed, it's time to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your family from influenza.

September 20, 2021

COVID-19 Q&A: 2021 flu season, beyond

What's in store for the 2021 flu season? A Mayo Clinic expert considers COVID-19 prospects and discusses advances in testing developed during the pandemic.

August 4, 2021

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

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