You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.
Call and make an appointment for you and your family to get yours!

Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu immunization is too much trouble or costs too much. Or, they swear that a flu immunization will make them sick or more likely to catch the flu—or even colds.

Seasonal influenza—the flu—is caused by one of several strains of influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, making life miserable for many—and deadly for some. Flu season can begin as early as October and peak anywhere from late December to early April, according to the CDC. Be sure to call today to schedule your flu vaccination!

Contact your doctor's office for more information and to schedule your flu shot: 217.528.7541 (toll-free 800.444.7541).

Location Date & Time
Springfield Clinic Hillsboro East 10/7/2016, 8AM to noon, 1:00 to 4:30PM
(existing East & West patients only)
Springfield Clinic Hillsboro West 10/12/2016, 8AM to noon, 1:00 to 4:30PM
(existing East & West patients only)
Springfield Clinic Pediatric & Adolescent Center  
Springfield Clinic Taylorville  
Springfield Clinic Wabash  
Springfield Clinic Lincoln Every Wednesday in October 8- 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 10/4/2016, 5-6:30 pm
Saturday, 10/15/2016 8:30 -11:30 am
Tuesday, 10/18/2016, 5- 6:30 pm
Saturday, 10/29/2016 8:30 -11:30 am

Do I have a cold or the flu?

A cold and the flu (influenza) are two different illnesses. A cold is relatively harmless and usually clears up by itself after a period of time, although sometimes it may lead to a secondary infection, such as an ear infection. However, the flu can lead to complications, such as pneumonia and even death. What may seem like a cold, could, in fact, be the flu. Be aware of these differences:

Cold Symptoms:

  • Low or no fever
  • Sometimes a headache
  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild, hacking cough
  • Slight aches and pains
  • Mild fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Normal energy level or may feel sluggish

Flu Symptoms

  • High fever
  • A headache very common
  • Clear nose
  • Sometimes sneezing
  • Cough, often becoming severe
  • Often severe aches and pains
  • Several weeks of fatigue
  • Sometimes a sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion