Employee & Community Health

ECH influenza vaccination program will be back this fall

9/19/2019 by Robert M. Jacobson, MD, and Julie Gebel, RN

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Mayo Clinic recommends everyone be vaccinated against influenza (flu) each year. Employee and Community Health (ECH) continues to offer a variety of options for flu vaccination.

This year we'll have the injectable vaccine and a limited supply of the nasal spray (FluMist). Just like last year, patients with any type of egg allergies can get any of the flu vaccines offered at ECH at any of our locations and options below. There's no need to be seen in the allergy department; there's no observation period after getting the vaccine. Those with any degree of egg allergy can again be scheduled for flu vaccination on a nurse calendar or be vaccinated in the schools.

ECH flu vaccine program starts in October

  • October 2: You can call your primary care site to schedule a flu vaccination; Mayo employees should visit one of the on-site employee flu clinics offered by Occupational Health Services
  • October 14: Scheduled flu-vaccine-only visits begin
    • Monday-Friday during normal patient hours at each primary care site
  • October 19 & 26: Saturday scheduled flu-vaccine-only visits from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mayo Family Clinics Northeast and Kasson
  • October 19 through November 15 (or 29): Walk-in clinics
    • Available for patients who don't require a private examination room (patients age 8 and older, dressed in clothing that allows access to the upper arm, etc.).
    • Mayo Family Clinics Southeast and Kasson will close November 15.
    • Mayo Family Clinics Northeast and Northwest will close November 29.
    • Monday through Friday during each clinic's regular patient hours.
    • Walk-in clinics are closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 30 minutes before clinic hours end each day.

Mayo Clinic employees and volunteers should get their flu vaccines through Occupational Health Services (OHS). Visit the Influenza Vaccination – RST web page for details on when and where you can receive the vaccine.

Dr. Robert M. Jacobson is a primary care pediatrician in Employee and Community Health's (ECH) Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (CPAM) and medical director of the ECH Immunization Program.

Julie A. Gebel is a registered nurse in ECH and coordinator of the ECH Immunization Program.