Drop everything and get vaccinated for the flu now
11/30/2020 by Robert Jacobson, M.D., and Julie Gebel, R.N.
While outbreaks of influenza usually do not start until December or later, Minnesota already has had influenza cases this season. That means that if you have not already done so, you should get vaccinated for the flu now.
It is more important this year to get vaccinated for the flu than in previous years. Flu can create symptoms that will result in the need for COVID-19 testing. You could also face the prospect of having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could be harder on you. Also, your avoiding the flu and its spread will reduce the burden on health care workers. This in turn will permit them to care for COVID-19 patients.
Getting your flu vaccination is harder this year because of COVID-19, and the need to reduce crowding and the related exposure risk. As most have now received their flu vaccinations, Mayo Clinic Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson is now offering appointments in clinic buildings, starting Nov. 30. You will need to call to make an appointment and get screened for COVID-19.
To schedule flu vaccination appointments quickly and easily, log in to Patient Online Services and then:
- Click on "Appointments and Admissions."
- Click on "New Appointments."
- Click on "Flu Immunization," and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
If you're scheduling an appointment for minors or using the Mayo Clinic App, view the instructions here.
You can also call your local clinic to set up appointments:
- Baldwin 2, Family Medicine: 507-284-5300
- Baldwin 3, Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine: 507-284-5233
- Baldwin 4–6, Community Internal Medicine: 504-284-5278
- Mayo Family Clinic Kasson: 507-284-3967
- Mayo Family Clinic Northeast: 507-538-8500
- Mayo Family Clinic Northwest: 507-538-8555
- Mayo Family Clinic Southeast: 507-293-8590
If you have an appointment at Mayo Clinic for another reason, ask for your flu vaccination during that visit. Keep in mind that flu vaccination will not be available in all departments. Also keep in mind Mayo Clinic is limiting visitors who may accompany patients to those visits.
Robert Jacobson, M.D., is the medical director of the Primary Care Immunization Program for Primary Care in Southeast Minnesota and a primary care provider in the Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
Julie Gebel is a registered nurse in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson. She is the program coordinator of the Primary Care Immunization Program for Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson.