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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.

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Yuck, I have the flu — now what?

Got the flu? Don’t worry quite yet. There are ways you can self-manage.

Ann Bischel, N.P. By Ann Bischel November 1, 2017

Prevention tips for common fall and winter illnesses

Learn how you can prevent contracting and spreading common fall and winter illnesses with a few simple steps.

Alice Bachop MSN FNP By Alice Bachop November 4, 2014

Facts about flu

Flu season is quickly approaching, and it is something for which we all should prepare. Find out more in this blog post and episode of "Speaking of Health."

September 19, 2014

Flu Q and A

The flu, like a particularly unwelcome relative during the holidays, tends to visit every year with various unwanted results. What can be done to ease your suffering? This post and video will provide some answers.

January 14, 2014

Watch out for winter health mishaps

Snow, ice and the arctic-chilled air that engulfs Midwesterners from November to March adds an unwanted layer of difficulty to life. But the problems winter poses don’t stop at inconvenience — there are major health concerns to be aware of and attempt to prevent as well.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher January 3, 2014

Want to prevent illness? Learn how hand washing can help.

Your first line of defense against germs is washing your hands.


Edward Wojciechowski, D.O. By Edward Wojciechowski October 15, 2013

Flu myths: Mayo Clinic Health System physician corrects 4 common flu misconceptions

With last year’s outbreak ranking as one of the worst in a recent history, it’s no wonder the flu is a hot topic of conversation, especially as the weather cools and flu season approaches. But it’s not just the virus that causes issues; common myths often keep people from taking necessary steps to prevent it. Jennifer White, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield family medicine physician, dispels some common myths about influenza.

Jennifer White MD By Jennifer White September 24, 2013