Getting the flu feels miserable, and can sometimes make you dangerously sick. Find out how to protect yourself and those around you, as well as how to identify the flu, and what you should do if you get sick.
|Note: On June 22, 2016, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended not using the nasal spray flu vaccine for the 2016-17 season due to poor effectiveness. The content on this website will be reviewed and updated prior to the 2016-17 flu season.|
- Prevent the Flu: Videos
Video series featuring the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, interviewing Minnesotans about influenza and flu shots.
- Influenza (Flu)
Information for the general public about influenza and influenza vaccine.
- When to Get Medical Help for Flu Symptoms
- Influenza (Flu)
Information for Parents
Fact sheet about influenza and children, including prevention, symptoms and treatment.
- Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot
Information for pregnant women about influenza and influenza vaccine.
Facts About Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine
CDC: Information on flu symptoms, prevention, complications, and who should get the flu shot or FluMist this year. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Religious Leaders' Approval of Use of Vaccines containing Porcine Gelatin
Observant Muslims and Jews have expressed concerns about pork gelatin in some vaccines, including a couple influenza products. Learn more about which vaccines include gelatin and read a statement by Muslim and Jewish scholars saying that these vaccines are acceptable. Attention: Non-MDH link
CDC: Influenza vaccination, protecting yourself from flu germs, and antiviral treatment. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Cover Your
Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick. Properly covering your cough will help you keep from spreading influenza.
- Hand Hygiene
Proper hand washing significantly reduces the spread of the diseases like flu and the common cold.