Influenza vaccination scheduling to begin Sept. 28
All people 6 months of age and older are encouraged to get their flu vaccination when available in their local community. The CDC recommends that people are vaccinated for flu by the end of October to ensure they are fully vaccinated for the influenza season.
Online scheduling will be available Thursday, Sept. 28, through your portal account. You also can schedule by calling your primary care clinic.
Vaccination visits will begin Monday, Oct. 16, at the following designated primary care vaccination sites. Patients can receive their vaccinations for influenza by appointment only on weekdays and select Saturdays. Days and hours will vary.
- Rochester, Mayo Primary Care 41st Street Vaccine Clinic, 3033 41st Street NW (41st Street Professional Center Building, North entrance).
- Kasson, 411 West Main Street.
- Albert Lea, 404 W Fountain Street.
- Austin, 1000 1st Drive NW.
- Owatonna, 2200 NW 26th Street.
- Red Wing, 701 Hewitt Boulevard.
- Adams, 908 W Main Street.
- Cannon Falls, 32021 County 24 Boulevard.
- Ellsworth, 530 Cairns Street.
- Faribault, 300 State Avenue.
- Lake City, 500 W Grant Street.
- New Richland, 318 1st Street SW.
- Plainview, 245 1st St SW.
- Wells, 301 S Broadway.
- Zumbrota, 1350 Jefferson Drive.
Primary care patients can also request a flu vaccine during a scheduled primary care clinic provider visit or nurse visit appointment during normal hours of operation.
Mayo Clinic will offer a few types of vaccines. All are quadrivalent. This means they target two A strains and two B strains of influenza.
- Fluzone or Fluarix: These injectable vaccines are for those 6 months and older. These are not live vaccines.
- Fluzone Quadrivalent High Dose: This high-dose version of Fluzone is for those 65 years and older. This vaccine is recommended for this age group when available. This is not a live vaccine.
- FluMist: This quadrivalent nasal spray live vaccine is for those 2–49 years old. Other rules apply. For those eligible, this choice is just as strongly recommended as the Fluzone or Fluarix.
Patients with any type of egg allergy can safely receive any form of flu vaccine. Patients need not be seen in the Department of Allergy and Immunology. Patients with egg allergies need not wait for observation after receiving a vaccine against flu.
The flu can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, organ failure, heart attacks, heart or brain inflammation, stroke and death.
Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, extreme tiredness, and, more often in children than adults, vomiting and diarrhea. Learn more about influenza symptoms and causes on mayoclinic.org. Patients who believe they have influenza should contact their primary care provider or use the Check Symptoms tool within the patient portal to assess their symptoms.
Put up your best defense — schedule your influenza vaccinations beginning Sept. 28.