RED WING, Minn. — Want to protect yourself and your family from the flu? Get vaccinated. In an average year, up to 40,000 Americans die from influenza and its complications, and over 250,000 are hospitalized. Your best protection against the flu is an annual vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a recent analysis indicates this year’s vaccine matches the current strains circulating in the United States.
Mayo Clinic Health System makes it easy and convenient for you to receive a flu vaccination. Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available at most locations. Call your local clinic to schedule your appointment today.
Alma, Wis.: 204 South Main St. Oct. 8, 22. Call 608-685-3241 for appointment.
Cannon Falls: 32021 County 24 Blvd. Oct. 6-10, 12, 13, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27. Call 507-263-6001 for appointment.
Ellsworth, Wis.: 530 West Cairns St. Oct. 22. Call 715-273-5061 for appointment.
Lake City: 500 West Grant St. Oct. 10, 13, 21, 28, 30, Nov. 3, 10. Call 651-345-1100 for appointment.
Plainview: 275 First St. SW Oct. 14, 26. Call 507-534-3169 for appointment.
Red Wing: 701 Hewitt Blvd. Oct. 14-16, 19, 23, 24, 28. Nov. 4,7, 9. Call 651-267-5000 for appointment.
Wabasha: 1202 Fifth Grant St. Oct. 16, 19, 27, 29. Call 651-565-4571 for appointment.
Zumbrota: 1350 Jefferson Dr. Oct. 15. Call 507-732-7314 for appointment.
Each year's seasonal flu vaccine contains protection from the three or four influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common during that year's flu season. The vaccine is typically available as an injection or as a nasal spray. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of 6 months. The best way to prevent getting – and spreading – the flu is to get the flu vaccine. It is especially important for people who meet these criteria to get vaccinated:
- People at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get the flu, including those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease
- Young children under 5, and especially those under 2 years
- Pregnant women
- People 65 or older
- People who live with or care for others at high risk of developing serious complications including caregivers of people with chronic medical conditions
The cost of seasonal flu vaccine is covered by most insurance plans. Mayo Clinic Health System will bill insurance or accept payment.