Influenza (flu) vaccination will be more important than ever this fall
9/22/2021 by Robert M. Jacobson, M.D.; Julie Gebel, R.N.
Mayo Clinic recommends everyone be vaccinated against influenza (flu) each year. A variety of flu vaccination options will be offered, beginning Oct. 18, at:
- Centralized Flu Clinic, 41st Street Professional Building, 3033 41st Street NW, north entrance, in Rochester.
- Primary Care clinics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mayo Family Clinic Kasson.
COVID-19 vaccinations also will be offered to eligible patients who have not yet been vaccinated.
This year's flu vaccine choices are:
- Fluzone or Fluarix Quadrivalent
The Fluzone and Fluarix Quadrivalent injectable vaccines are for those 6 months and older. A high-dose version of Fluzone also is available for those 65 and older.
This nasal spray vaccine is for those 2–49. This option will not be available at school flu clinics due to COVID-19 masking requirements.
Patients with any type of egg allergy can safely receive any form of flu vaccine. They do not need to be seen in the Department of Allergy and Immunology. No observation period is required after getting vaccinated for flu.
Note these key dates:
- Sept. 20
Online flu vaccination scheduling opens through Patient Online Services. Request a flu vaccination appointment at the Centralized Flu Clinic. Mayo staff members should visit one of the on-site staff flu clinics offered by Occupational Health. However, if staff prefer to schedule with family members, they can schedule appointments at the Centralized Flu Clinics.
- Oct. 4
Flu vaccination telephone scheduling opens. Call your primary care clinic and request a flu vaccination appointment at the Centralized Flu Clinic. Mayo staff members should visit one of the on-site staff flu clinics offered by Occupational Health. However, if staff prefer to schedule with family members, they can schedule appointments at the Centralized Flu Clinics.
- Oct. 18
Flu vaccinations begin. Scheduled visits for flu vaccinations only at the Centralized Flu Clinic weekdays and some Saturdays. Days and hours will vary. Or you can schedule a flu vaccination during a scheduled primary care clinic provider or nurse visit appointment during normal hours of operation at a Primary Care clinic.
Robert M. Jacobson, M.D., is the medical director of the Southeast Minnesota Primary Care Immunization Program.
Julie Gebel, R.N., is a nurse in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson and program coordinator for the Southeast Minnesota Primary Care Immunization Program