Employee & Community Health

Influenza

Mayo Clinic recommends everyone get a flu shot each year. However, this flu season there's one change. Mayo, along with leading vaccine experts, does not recommend the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine, known as FluMist®. Studies, which were published this year, show that in the past few years, the nasal spray form did not work to prevent the flu. While Mayo Clinic will not be offering the FluMist option, for pain relief, our nurses will provide coolant sprays, vibrating ice packs and comfort holds. 

  • Patients must be six months old to get their first dose of vaccine. 
  • For those six months through 64 years of age, we recommend the standard age-appropriate flu shot.
  • For those 65 years and older, Mayo clinic recommends the high-dose flu shot. 
  • Patients who have egg allergies, including those with allergies that cause more than hives, no longer need a special vaccine or a referral to Allergy. Also, they won't need to be observed for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Studies show that patients with egg allergies have no increase in allergic reactions to the flu vaccine than non-allergic patients. Any allergic reaction to the flu vaccine is very rare. 

General Immunization Information

See the adult and pediatric preventive health screening pages to see which vaccines you or your child may be due to receive. Call your primary care practice site to make an appointment. The appointment coordinator can help you decide if you need to schedule a provider or nurse visit. 

School and Child Care Required Immunizations

Schools and child care require immunizations to be up to date. You will be notified of the vaccines required for entry. If you need help knowing if your child is up to date, call your primary care provider and a nurse will assist you. 

When your child enters seventh grade, the school requires two vaccinations. These are the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) and MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines. Your primary care provider also strongly recommends that your child complete the HPV vaccine series. ECH starts the three-dose HPV vaccine series at nine year of age. 

Your primary care provider also strongly recommends the second dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) vaccine at 16 years of age. Many colleges require this and other vaccines for entry. Your college will notify you of their specific requirements. 

Tetanus Boosters

Tetanus/diphtheria vaccine (Td) or tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) are routinely boosted vaccines. Td should be boosted every 10 years. It may be given sooner with an injury. Your provider will determine this need. 

Tdap should be given once to all adolescents and adults age 11 or over. This is regardless of prior Td dosing. Pregnant women should also get a dose of Tdap with each pregnancy. 

RSV

Palivizumab (Synagis) is given seasonally from November through March to aid in the prevention of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Only a limited number of infants will qualify. Your provider will contact you if your child qualifies for RSV prevention.