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.
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:
- 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
Flu shot clinics are open from October 17 through November 23. The flu vaccine is also available in your primary care provider offices or our ExpressCare Clinics. We will bill your insurance for the shot. If you do not have insurance, $32 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