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Influenza (flu)

Influenza or the flu is an infection affecting your respiratory tract (the mouth, nose, sinus, lungs/chest and throat). Unlike a cold, the flu can make you very ill and lead to pneumonia, a serious lung infection.

For some people, especially older adults, young children and people with certain chronic conditions, the flu can have serious complications and even be fatal. Each year there are about 36,000 flu-related deaths in the United States.

Flu vaccination

The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine. It is especially important for anyone with higher risk such as:

  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
  • People living in nursing homes
  • Healthcare workers

Children age 6 months to 8 years who have not received two doses of seasonal flu vaccine in the past may need to receive two flu vaccines this year.

Gundersen flu shot clinics

Have a question about the flu shot?

Call: (608) 775-0364


  • Flu shot clinics and ExpressCare: $30
  • Cass St. Pharmacy: $35

Flu shot clinics are open from October 16 through November 22. The flu vaccine is also available in your primary care provider offices, our ExpressCare Clinics or Cass St Pharmacy. We will bill your insurance for the shot. If you do not have insurance, the cost will be collected at the time of service.

Gundersen will not offer this year's nasal mist flu vaccine.

Flu shot locations (during flu season)

  • La Crosse Clinic
  • Onalaska Clinic
  • ExpressCare Clinic, La Crosse (Village Shopping Center)
  • ExpressCare Clinic, Onalaska (Crossing Meadows Shopping Center)

Gundersen regional clinics

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics

Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics

Gundersen Regional Clinics in Wisconsin

Gundersen Regional Clinics in Iowa

Gundersen Regional Clinics in Minnesota

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