Get vaccinated for the flu on time this season
10/5/2020 by Robert M. Jacobson, M.D.
Influenza and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms. Both can start with cough and fever. Catching the flu may require you to be tested for COVID-19. To make matters worse, getting both illnesses will increase your chance of severe health problems.
Mayo Clinic advises patients to get the flu vaccine every year and on time. In our community, that means getting the vaccine before December. That is when outbreaks of flu often start in Minnesota.
Because of COVID-19, getting preventive care at Mayo Clinic is a bit harder, but more important than ever. Mayo has taken steps to vaccinate patients for the flu vaccine safely. We have a safe, central location for flu vaccination in Rochester, Minnesota. We have a second location at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson in Kasson, Minnesota. All patients will be screened in advance for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms. And all patients will wear masks and practice social distancing.
You can now self-schedule through your Patient Online Services account, via the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling your local primary care clinic. Parents and guardians of those 6 months through 12 years of age will need to use their caregiver access to schedule flu vaccination for their children in Patient Online Services. Patients 13-17 will need to have their own Patient Online Services accounts to schedule flu vaccination. (Note that Mayo employee staff and students are encouraged to attend one of the on-site employee flu clinics offered by Occupational Health Services.)
Here's what you can expect by location:
Mayo Clinic in Rochester
We will start vaccinating for the flu on Oct. 12 by appointment only. Appointments will be available at Mayo Professional Building Northwest, First Floor, Suite 320, 4115 West Frontage Road Hwy 52 NW. Patients will enter on the north side of the building.
Appointments will be available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Mayo Family Clinic Kasson
We will start vaccinating for the flu on Oct. 12 by appointment only at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, 411 W. Main St. Appointments will be available Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Reminder: No walk-in options are available
Whether you choose to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester or Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, flu vaccination will not be available without an appointment. Patients who have appointments for other reasons can get their flu vaccines during that appointment.
Dr. Robert M. Jacobson is the medical director of the Primary Care Immunization Program for Primary Care in Southeast Minnesota.
Julie Gebel is a registered nurse in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson and is the program coordinator of the Primary Care Immunization Program for Primary Care in Southeast Minnesota covering Rochester and Kasson.