Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

For more information, see the CDC.gov.

The Flu and You


In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Video on washing your hands

Student Health Services Flu Clinic

Flu Vaccinations

The CDC recommends vaccination with the seasonal flu vaccine.

Flu shots are available to UW-Platteville students free of charge.

You may also check with the local Pharmacies and Clinics on vaccine availability for your seasonal shot.

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