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The flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The flu is spread to others through tiny droplets that are made when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The influenza virus infects cells in your body, which causes inflammation and leads to the symptoms that make you feel sick.

Flu symptoms typically come on suddenly and include some or all of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting, diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
Flu Vaccination (Lakshmi Kurre, MD): Every Day Health 2021
Lakshmi Kurre, MD, primary care physician, explains why it is so important to get a flu shot to protect yourself from the flu, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Preventing the Flu

To avoid getting the flu, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and stay out of crowds. But more important than ever this year, get your flu shot. It’s the best way to protect yourself and others. A flu shot provides many benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu and reducing the severity of your illness if you do get flu.

Where can I safely get a flu shot?

We understand the importance of protecting our community, and we are making every effort to safely and effectively provide vaccinations to those that are interested. We offer many safe and convenient options for anyone, even if you’ve never been a patient of ours before.

Before You Arrive

  • When you come in for a flu shot, you need to wear a mask. We also recommend a short-sleeved shirt.
  • If a patient has special needs or if the patient is a child who is especially afraid of shots, please do not use the drive-thru clinics. Bring them in to one of the health centers or flu clinics instead.
  • We accept most insurance plans. Before you come in, please check with your insurance regarding coverage.

You do NOT need to have a provider at a location or be a patient at a Froedtert & MCW location to get your flu shot at any of these options. 

This Season's Vaccine Products

We will offer the following products for this upcoming season.

  • Preferred Products
    • Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, 65 years and older
    • Fluzone Quadrivalent, 6 months to 64 years
    • FluBlok Quadrivalent (egg free), 18 years and older with anaphylactic egg allergy
       
  • Alternative Products
    • Fluarix Quadrivalent, 6 months to 64 years
    • FluMist Quadrivalent, 2 years to 49 years with a severe aversion to injectables; restricted to outpatient use only

When to Seek Care for the Flu

Most people with the flu do not need medical care. However, if you are at a high risk for severe illness (young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions) or you become very sick, you should contact your primary care provider.

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to rouse
  • Seizures
  • Not urinating
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

Flu Care Options — Fast and Nearby

Feel like you may have the flu? Experiencing fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat? Many people think of the Emergency Department first, but it should normally be your last resort.

  • Virtual Clinic — Log on to speak with a board-certified family medicine provider via webcam for $49.
  • Same-Day Care — Find locations and wait times. Flu shots available.
  • Primary Care Provider — Contact your primary care provider for an appointment. Flu shots available. Don't have a primary care provider? We can help you find one.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Flu