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Influenza Vaccination Information

Influenza causes many hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. each year. The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for everyone older than 6 months by the CDC, DHS, and UW-Madison Division of Extension. Despite this recommendation, flu vaccination rates are typically low nationwide and also in Wisconsin (<50% on average).

Flu and COVID-19 viruses cause similar respiratory illnesses that spread easily from person-to-person, but are caused by different viruses. They have similar symptoms such as fever, tiredness, and cough, which can lead to misdiagnosis. The flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. It will reduce your chances of getting sick or being hospitalized from flu. By reducing flu hospitalizations, we will help support our health care systems so we can all get the care we need.

You can use to find a provider near you. If the cost of the vaccine is a concern, you or your children may be eligible for free or lower-cost vaccines.

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