Flu Season and Immunization

Keep your family healthy and happy.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes getting your flu shot this season even more important than ever. Influenza can be a serious—even life-threatening—illness. Young children, pregnant women and people age 65 and over are at high risk for serious complications from the flu.

Getting vaccinated protects you, your family and your community by reducing spread of influenza. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends an annual influenza vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older.

HFM offers the following influenza vaccines:

  • Quadrivalent Flu vaccine-offers coverage against 4 strains of the influenza virus
  • High Dose Flu vaccine- a more concentrated formulation that offers coverage against 3 strains of the influenza virus

Where to get a flu shot

We offer flu and pneumonia shots at the following locations:

Coming Soon

HFM Pharmacy

1650 S 41st Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Coming Soon

HFM Pediatrics

Phone: (920) 320-2436
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

4303 Michigan Avenue
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Details:

  • Available for all recommended patients under 18.
  • $0 copay with most insurance plans

HFM Primary Care

Harbor Town Flu Shot Clinic

1650 S 41st Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Lakefront Flu Shot Clinic

800 Lakefront Way
Two Rivers, WI 54241

Details:

  • Available for all recommended patients.
  • $0 copay with most insurance plans

Good Health Habits for Flu Prevention

An annual vaccine is the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu. But good health habits are important to help prevent respiratory illness like the flu and COVID-19. The current COVID-19 guidelines are a great place to start. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Practice social distancing. Keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. Avoid large social gatherings.
  • Wear a mask when in public and be sure it covers your nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Avoid going to work, school or running errands to prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Wash your hands often to protect picking up or spreading flu germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as this is an easy way for germs to spread.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Practice other good health habits like getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious food.

Influenza vs COVID-19

Influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses. However, they are caused by different viruses.

The symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it may be hard to tell the difference. The table​ below from the CDC compares COVID-19 and flu. Click on the link for more information from the CDC on flu vs COVID-19.

You provider may also recommend a test for flu or COVID-19.

Signs and Symptoms

Similarities:

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19.

Flu Symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms