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Do Your Part – Get a Flu Shot

It's the doctor's orders – get your flu vaccine. 

With the unpredictability of COVID-19 circulating at the same time as the flu, the best measure is to decrease the possible negative impacts on your respiratory system. The flu vaccine not only reduces your risk of illness but can prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

Schedule your flu shot now

Call your primary care provider to schedule your flu shot now.

DeForest-Windsor Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – DeForest-Windsor
4200 Savannah Drive, DeForest, WI 53532
Phone: (608) 417-3300 

Fitchburg Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Fitchburg
2690 Research Park Drive, Suite F, Fitchburg, Wisconsin 53711
Phone: (608) 417-8585

McKee Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – McKee
3102 Meriter Way, Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 417-8800

Middleton Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Middleton
7780 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 201, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: (608) 417-3434

Monona Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Monona
6408 Copps Avenue, Monona, WI 53716
Phone: (608) 417-3000

Stoughton Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Stoughton
100 Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589
Phone: (608) 417-8700

West Washington Clinic
UnityPoint Health – Meriter – West Washington
345 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 417-8300

When to Schedule Your Flu Shot

It's best to get your shot by the end of October. If you miss that deadline, you can still roll up your sleeve later in the season.

Almost everyone, six months and older, should get the immunization. The vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women. It is especially important for vulnerable populations, like older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions – like cancer or diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a few rare exceptions for those who shouldn't get the vaccine, including people who are allergic to the flu vaccine or anything used to make it. 

Research shows very mild illness shouldn't impact the flu vaccine. But, if you have any sort of symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should wait to get your vaccine to avoid exposing others in the clinic to the virus.

If you have concerns, talk with your care team.

What to Do if You're Not Feeling Well

The flu and COVID-19 have many of the same symptoms, but flu symptoms tend to come on faster than COVID-19.  If you're feeling sick, stay home, isolate yourself from others and contact your clinic.

Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

If you're sick, we're here to offer safe care, your way until you're feeling better.

Check out our flu season resource page for additional information.