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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

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
Flu vaccination offered in Southwest Minnesota

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 18.

September 27, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Southeast Minnesota

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 18.

September 23, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Northwest Wisconsin

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 4.

September 23, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Southwest Wisconsin

Vaccinations are available beginning Sept. 28.

September 20, 2021

From The Blog

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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
Immune boosting food

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
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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
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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
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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 27, 2021
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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
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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.

September 8, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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