Influenza (Flu)


  • Why is it so important to get the flu shot? Check out our new educational flyers and find out who you can protect this flu season!
  • The first Weekly Respiratory Report for the 2017-2018 flu season was released September 22, 2017.
  • The flu season is already making the rounds in Wisconsin. Read more in our recent news release 


What is the flu?

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). It can cause mild to severe illness, sometimes leading to death. Influenza symptoms often begin suddenly, with fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each year.

Take a look as UW Student Athletes encourage everyone to get flu shots! (Public Service Announcements)

2017-2018 University Flu Vaccination Challenge!

Lend your support to the University of Wisconsin (or another alma mater) by participating in the University Flu Vaccination Challenge! The purpose of the Challenge is to increase vaccination rates through a friendly competition among participating colleges and universities. You can report your flu vaccination, and earn points for the University of Wisconsin, by completing a short survey. The information that you report is non-identified. You can learn more about the initiator of the challenge, Alana's Foundation by visiting their website. Go Badgers!

Weekly Influenza Report

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Additional Info Group

Last Revised: November 29, 2017