EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. For most people, influenza resolves on its own, but sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all people 6 months and older get influenza vaccinations. The best way to protect yourself and others from getting influenza is to get vaccinated each year.
Mayo Clinic Health System will offer influenza vaccine at sites throughout northwest Wisconsin. Patients can receive flu vaccine during a scheduled appointment with their primary care provider, or people may call for an influenza vaccine-only appointment at:
- Barron: 1222 E. Woodland Ave., 715-537-6747
- Bloomer: 1501 Thompson St., 1-888-662-5666 (toll-free)
- Cameron: 2049 15th Ave., 715-537-6747
- Chetek: 220 Douglas St., 715-537-6747
- Chippewa Falls: 611 First Ave., 1-888-662-5666 (toll-free)
- Eau Claire: 733 W. Clairemont Ave. or 1400 Bellinger St., call your primary care provider’s office or 715-464-7468
- Elmwood: 236 E. Springer Ave., 715-639-4151
- Glenwood City: 219 E. Oak St., 715-265-7321
- Menomonie: 2321 Stout Road, 715-233-7777
- Mondovi: 700 Buffalo St., 715-926-4858
- Osseo: Seventh Street entrance, 1-866-544-6144 (toll-free)
- Rice Lake: 331 S. Main St., 715-537-6747
Cost: The cost of seasonal flu vaccine is covered by many insurance plans. Mayo Clinic Health System will bill insurance or accept payment.
Pediatric half dose: Children 6 months through 8 years need two flu vaccines if it’s the child’s first seasonal influenza vaccination. The second vaccine is given at least four weeks from the date of the first.
People at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza include:
- Those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 or older
- People who live with or care for others at high risk of developing serious complications, including caregivers of young children and people with chronic medical conditions
Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the nasal spray vaccine, is not recommended for use during the 2016-2017 season because of concerns about its effectiveness.
Viruses in the influenza vaccine are inactive, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. After getting vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies to protect against influenza. That’s why getting vaccinated early in the fall is recommended. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading illness to others.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.