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Immunizations

Immunizations (vaccines) offer protection from various types of infections and diseases, from seasonal flu to diphtheria.

In The News

Flu Vaccine Clinics

Flu vaccine clinics are available in Belle Plaine, Fairmont, Lamberton, Montgomery, Mankato, New Prague, Springfield, St. James and Trimont. 

September 27, 2017
Timely immunizations for people of all ages play a key role in community health

Immunization gives people of all ages a proven method of protection against numerous diseases throughout their lives.

August 18, 2017

From The Blog

4 important questions about measles

Measles is a childhood viral infection that can almost always be prevented by a vaccine. The infection is very contagious and replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.

Julie Pace RNCNP By Julie Pace May 16, 2017

Protect your child with proper immunizations

The health of your child is the most important thing in the world. You protect them with shelter, safety and proper nutrition. But if you’ve missed his or her immunizations, you’re exposing your child to a litany of potentially dangerous — even deadly — diseases. The most effective method of prevention is to ensure your child receives the proper vaccination series, which typically is completed by age 6.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy April 5, 2016

Traveler's checklist — don't forget your passport and immunizations

Whether you’re traveling to China on a business trip or heading out on a safari in Botswana, preparing for your journey entails more than just packing and renewing your passport. Every year, millions of people travel to other countries, and with travel comes the possibility of exposure to different diseases and conditions.


Ala Dababneh MD By Ala Dababneh April 2, 2015

What you need to know about pertussis

It’s that time of year. Cold and flu season is here. Symptoms of an ordinary common cold are hard not to miss. But could it be worse? Pertussis can mask itself as a cold but can pose serious health risks – especially to unvaccinated babies.

Elizabeth Cozine MD By Elizabeth Cozine November 21, 2014

Facts about flu

Flu season is quickly approaching, and it is something for which we all should prepare. Find out more in this blog post and episode of "Speaking of Health."

September 19, 2014

Back to school health tips

Children and parents are gearing up for the start of another school year. Preparation for the hallways means shopping for backpacks, clothes and other school supplies. But don't overlook your child's health before the first bell rings.

Kimberly Beecher MD By Kimberly Beecher August 11, 2014

The importance of health checkups for men

Even if you feel healthy, you should at least get your blood pressure checked and consult with your doctor to make sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating healthy foods, according to Don Smith, M.D., a general surgeon on the Austin campus of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

July 20, 2014

The facts about vaccinations

Whether it’s the common cold or a strain of the flu, no one enjoys getting sick. It goes without saying that more serious illnesses not only make you feel terrible, but they can present major risks to your health. Fortunately, vaccines have proven to be extremely effective in preventing a host of diseases and conditions.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy April 15, 2014

Watch out for winter health mishaps

Snow, ice and the arctic-chilled air that engulfs Midwesterners from November to March adds an unwanted layer of difficulty to life. But the problems winter poses don’t stop at inconvenience — there are major health concerns to be aware of and attempt to prevent as well.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher January 3, 2014

Flu myths: Mayo Clinic Health System physician corrects 4 common flu misconceptions

With last year’s outbreak ranking as one of the worst in a recent history, it’s no wonder the flu is a hot topic of conversation, especially as the weather cools and flu season approaches. But it’s not just the virus that causes issues; common myths often keep people from taking necessary steps to prevent it. Jennifer White, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield family medicine physician, dispels some common myths about influenza.

Jennifer White MD By Jennifer White September 24, 2013

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Now is the perfect time to learn more about recommended vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and the risks and benefits involved with these shots.

Mary Rahrick MD By Mary Rahrick August 12, 2013