Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Flu vaccines are available for individuals 6 months through adult at the Burnett Medical Center Clinic from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Scheduled appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. To pre-schedule, please call 715-463-5353.

Flu shots are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. For private insurance, check with your carrier. (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance - please bring your insurance card with you.)

(Below are guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the influenza vaccine.)

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to prevent seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. It's especially important for the following people to get vaccinated:

People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS, and cancer.
Pregnant women.
People 65 years and older
Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

When Should I Get Vaccinated?

Flu vaccination should begin soon after the vaccine becomes available in their community, if possible by October. While seasonal influenza outbreaks are unpredictable, they can happen as early as October. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated early so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.

How do flu vaccines work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The makeup of flu vaccines are reviewed annually and updated to match current circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common during the upcoming season.

For more information on the flu vaccines and influenza season, please visit the Center for Disease Control Web Site.

(Updated October 17, 2019)