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Preventing the Flu

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The seasonal flu is highly contagious and is a public health threat.

How sick a person gets may vary from person to person with certain groups at a higher risk for serious consequences.

Because the flu is so easily passed from person to person, we all need to avoid the flu and to avoid passing it to others if we become sick.

Marshfield Clinic recommends you take the following precautions to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.

Preventive steps

  • Getting a flu shot is the most important way to protect yourself, your family and your community.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick with the flu, if possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough, throw away the tissue and wash your hands.
  • You can get flu by touching an object that has been handled by a person with the flu. Use sanitizing wipes to help disinfect objects that may pass the flu virus.
  • Thoroughly washing your hands with warm water and soap or using an alcohol-base hand disinfectant will help you stay healthy. 
  • Avoid putting your hands near your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you become sick with flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100 degrees or higher, stay home from work and public places to prevent spreading the flu.

A care plan with you in mind

Marshfield Clinic is prepared to help you prevent the flu by offering flu vaccination clinics throughout central and northern Wisconsin. If you get sick, we will care for you. Other services include:

Marshfield Laboratories has the expertise to quickly identify viruses that cause respiratory illness. Marshfield Clinic has rooms that are specially fitted with air purification systems to treat patients with suspected respiratory illnesses. 

These rooms are located at Marshfield Clinic Centers in Marshfield, Wausau, Park Falls, Minocqua, Rice Lake, Eau Claire, Merrill and Ladysmith. Marshfield Clinic staff is equipped with special gowns and masks, which are to prevent the spread of the flu. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are available throughout the Clinic for your convenience.

Patients with cough and fever will be offered tissues to cover their cough or sneeze and may be asked to wear masks and sanitize their hands.​