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Flu Information Center

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. 

Flu Information for Your Needs

Cold vs. Flu

Feeling sick but unsure if you have the flu? The common cold and flu share many symptoms, but often present very differently. Here are how each typically show: Do you have a cold or the flu?

Your Flu Shot Options with Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health provides many options for your family's flu shot needs: 
  • The easiest and most convenient way to schedule is via MyChart. Use the link below to access MyChart.

If You Are Sick

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

    Go to the emergency department if you or a loved one are experiencing difficulty breathing, dizziness, pain or pressure in the chest/abdomen, severe or persistent vomiting, or other severe symptoms.

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

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