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Influenza

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

Upper respiratory infection self-care tips

Learn who is at increased risk, and get resources to manage symptoms at home.

November 17, 2022
Care tips for upper respiratory infections in children

Seasonal cases of influenza, strep throat and RSV have increased over the past few weeks, especially among children. Learn what to do if you suspect your child is sick. 

November 17, 2022
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

From The Blog

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 symptoms and use the Check Symptoms tool.

Muhanad Mohamed, M.D. By Muhanad Mohamed January 30, 2023

Watch out for winter mishaps

Winter is beautiful, but it does come with risks. Take steps to prevent falls, hypothermia, frostbite and more so you can remain in good health and enjoy the splendor of the season.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher December 8, 2022

Check Symptoms tool evaluates upper respiratory illnesses

Concerned you or your child may have RSV, the flu or COVID-19? Learn how an online assessment tool can quickly evaluate symptoms, determine if testing is needed and recommend next steps for care.

December 6, 2022

When to seek medical help for RSV or flu symptoms in children

With an early increase in RSV and influenza cases, a Mayo Clinic expert shares three things parents can watch for when determining if they should seek care for a sick child.

November 18, 2022

Fight off the flu with immune-boosting nutrients

Is it a myth or fact that chicken noodle soup can help you feel better when you are ill? Does vitamin C prevent illness? Check out myths and facts about immune-boosting nutrients.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen November 16, 2022

Prepare for a challenging flu season: Get vaccinated now

After two mild flu seasons, a Mayo Clinic expert shares why this year's flu season may be different and how to protect your family from the flu virus.

October 20, 2022

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 12, 2022

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

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

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