EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System will offer influenza vaccine at sites throughout northwest Wisconsin. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, i.e., 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. 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)
- Chippewa Falls: 611 First Ave., 1-888-662-5666 (toll-free)
- Cameron: 2049 15th Ave., 715-537-6747
- Chetek: 220 Douglas St., 715-537-6747
- 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, 715-597-3121
- Rice Lake: 331 S. Main St., 715-537-6747
The cost of seasonal flu vaccine is covered by many insurance plans. Mayo Clinic Health System will bill insurance or accept payment.
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, or the nasal spray vaccine, is not recommended for use during the 2017–2018 season because of concerns about its effectiveness.
Viruses in the influenza vaccine are inactive, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. After vaccination, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies to protect against influenza, which is why early fall vaccination is recommended. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading illness to others.
Press ContactDan Lea