Influenza Information 2016-17

If you think you have the flu...

As all healthcare providers across the nation, Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare is preparing for significant patient activity regarding influenza. For this, our role in the community is threefold:

  • Care for those who have positively contracted influenza
  • Minimize and mitigate the risk of contracting the flu
  • Advise the public as to steps they can take to keep themselves healthy and what to do if they suspect they have contracted the flu

With regard to minimizing risk of exposure,

  • We advise anyone who displays flu-like symptoms not to come into our facilities.
  • When coming to our facilities all entrances to La Crosse Campus patient care buildings will have supplies of masks and sanitizing liquids available. We ask that patients and visitors take advantage of these supplies to protect themselves.

If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or think you have the flu,

  • Call your regular Franciscan Healthcare provider. A nurse can discuss your situation and advise you on appropriate steps to take. These steps may include home remedy actions or they may advise you to come in and be seen.
  • If you do not have a regular provider, call into our nurse advisor resources. Trained nurses will assess your situation and advise you on next steps.
    • During business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm) please call 608-392-9868
    • During evenings and weekends please call 608-392-9755.
  • Calling first is your quickest route to learning what to do to take appropriate action regarding your symptoms – which may or may not be the flu.

Influenza continues to be a major health concern across the nation. A person who has the flu can easily spread the virus without exhibiting symptoms or even knowing they are contagious. Minimizing your exposure to infection is your best defense.

In addition to the La Crosse Campus Emergency and Urgent Care Center, urgent care services are available at the Onalaska Clinic (Sat & Sun, 9am to 5pm).

Influenza Vaccine Information

Mayo Clinic Health System locations will be offering the regular flu shot and the Fluzone High-Dose. The regular flu shot is approved for people ages 6 months and older. The Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is for patients 65 years and older. The Fluzone High-Dose vaccine contains an increased amount of the active ingredient found in influenza vaccines and produces a more robust immune response against influenza. The nasal-spray flu vaccine is not available this year.


To get your flu vaccine...

Visit an upcoming Flu Vaccine Clinic at the Franciscan Healthcare location nearest you or contact your primary care provider to make an appointment.