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Seasonal Influenza

ACMC is now scheduling appointments for the seasonal flu vaccine. Please contact your nearest ACMC clinic to schedule an appointment. A variety of dates and times are available. Please call the numbers listed below, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., for further details.

  • Willmar: (320) 231-6358
  • Redwood Falls: (507) 697-6650
  • New London/Spicer: (320) 354-2222
  • Litchfield: (320) 693-3233

If you are a business interested in scheduling an on-site flu shot clinic for your employees, please call our Occupational Medicine department at (320) 231-5054.

Should I get a flu vaccine this year?

Yes. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year. Even if you got flu vaccine last year, you should still get flu vaccine again this year. Getting a flu shot helps protect you from getting the flu, so you won’t pass it to people who risk getting very sick — like babies, pregnant women, elderly people, and people who have chronic diseases.

Who Should be Tested for Influenza?

If you have symptoms, and your health care provider thinks it's the flu, it likely is the flu, and you will be treated the same regardless of the influenza test result. An influenza test result (either positive or negative) does not usually change the treatment your doctor prescribes for you, nor will it change the steps you should take to get well. In short, your treatment is based on your doctor's diagnosis and not the influenza test result.

Symptoms of influenza include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

If you fit into a high risk group for influenza-related complications, or your symptoms are severe, your primary health care provider will know if you need to be tested for influenza.

Those at high risk for influenza-related complications include:

  • Children under the age of 5 years (especially children younger than 2 years of age).
  • Adults 65 years of age and older.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People who have medical conditions including:
    • Asthma
    • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions.
    • Chronic lung disease, including COPD.
    • Blood disorders.
    • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes).
    • Kidney, liver and metabolic disorders.
    • Weakened immune systems due to disease or medication.
    • People under 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

Seasonal Influenza (flu) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)