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Spectrum Health employees get the flu vaccination every year to protect our patients, their families and each other. Join us in the fight against flu by getting your vaccination and helping protect those around you.

Flu Prevention

Stop the spread of flu before it starts with an annual flu vaccination. The flu vaccine can reduce your risk of getting the flu, and prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than six months receive the flu shot. This is especially true if you spend time with high-risk groups such as children or the elderly. 

Getting your flu vaccine is quick, easy and can be done with a short visit at a number of Spectrum Health locations including:

Check our community-based clinic schedule to find a flu clinic in your neighborhood.
Also, check with your employer to host a Spectrum Health flu clinic at the workplace

You can also prevent the spread of flu by:

  • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Avoiding contact with people who have flu-like symptoms.
  • Getting plenty of rest.
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Find an Urgent Care or Walk-In Clinic for Your Flu Vaccination

How Do I Know if I Have the Flu?

Symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  •  Sore throat
  • Fever (sometimes) – a temperature greater than 100°F (37.8°C) 
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea (sometimes)
  • Vomiting (sometimes)

When to Seek Care

There is no cure for the flu. The flu shot may prevent the flu or reduce symptoms. Medications can reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.

Most people with flu will have a mild illness and can treat symptoms by:

  • Staying home
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Taking over-the-counter medicine to reduce fever and body aches

If you or family member has flu-like symptoms that are not improving or are in a high-risk group (children, elderly or pregnant women) contact your health care provider. You can also try MedNow from the comfort of your own home.

If you do get the flu, It will take from five to 10 days for the illness to run its course. Help prevent the spread to others: 

  • Stay home while sick and for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicine. 
  • If you must go out in public while sick, if possible, wear a face mask, wash your hands to keep from spreading germs, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cloth. 
  • Do not visit the hospital or other medical facility unless you are seeking medical care.

Emergency Care

Go to the emergency department if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms. 

In children 

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing 
  • Bluish skin color 
  • Not drinking enough fluids 
  • Not waking up or not interacting 
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held 
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough 
  • Fever with a rash 

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who shows any of these signs:  

  • Inability to eat 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • No tears when crying 
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

In adults 

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough