Oct. 10, 2016
Have you had your flu shot? The answer should be "yes." If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, Marshfield Clinic is making it easier to receive the vaccination.
The Clinic and its more than 30 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin that offer primary care will offer flu shots from October through January during regular, extended and urgent care hours. Visit Marshfield Clinic locations pages for local hours. Walk-in, get vaccinated and protect you and your family this flu season.
"You might have an excuse now why not to get a flu shot, but you don't want to risk missing out on enjoying life, particularly during the holiday season, when you're bedridden by flu," said. Dr. Jennifer Strong. "A flu shot means a moment of discomfort that could help you avoid days of serious illness. Not to mention the risk of passing the illness on to your family, friends and coworkers."
The Clinic also may be participating in community events or extend hours specifically for flu shot clinics. Those dates and times can be found on the flu shot information hub.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in. The flu strain changes every year so it's important to be vaccinated yearly.
As for the myth that a flu vaccination will cause you to get sick from the flu? It's just that – a myth. The vaccine contains a strain of the flu virus that's been made inactive and is not infectious.
For more information about flu shots and influenza, visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/primary-care/flu
Marshfield Clinic provides patient care, research and education with more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.