Mayo Clinic recommends everyone get a flu shot each year.
- Patients must be six months old to get their first dose of vaccine.
- For those six months through 64 years of age, we recommend the standard age-appropriate flu shot.
- For those two years to 49 years who qualify, the nasal spray vaccine is an option.
- Mayo Clinic considers those who qualify for the injectable or the nasal spray both as reasonable options and does not recommend one over the other. The manufacturer has made major improvements and strong evidence supports this recommendation.
- For those 65 years and older, Mayo Clinic recommends the high-dose flu shot.
- Patients who have egg allergies, including those with allergies that cause more than hives, no longer need a special vaccine or a referral to Allergy. Also, they won't need to be observed for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Studies show that patients with egg allergies have no increase in allergic reactions to the flu vaccine than non-allergic patients. Any allergic reaction to the flu vaccine is very rare.
Flu vaccine programs start in October
- October 2: You can call your primary care site to schedule a flu vaccination. Mayo employees and volunteers should plan to attend one of the on-site employee flu clinics offered by Occupational Health Services. Patients over 18 who are not Mayo Clinic employees will be able to schedule their flu vaccination appointments directly online through Patient Online Services. This is a new option providing a convenient way for patients to schedule their appointments.
- 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
- October 19 through November 15 or 29: Walk-in clinics
- Available for patients who don't require a private examination room (patients age 8 years 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 clinics regular patient hours.
- Walk-in clinics close from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 30 minutes before clinic hours end each day
General Immunization Information
See the adult and pediatric preventive health screening pages to see which vaccines you or your child may be due to receive. Call your primary care practice site to make an appointment. The appointment coordinator can help you decide if you need to schedule a provider or nurse visit.
School and Child Care Required Immunizations
Schools and child care require immunizations to be up to date. You will be notified of the vaccines required for entry. If you need help knowing if your child is up to date, call your primary care provider and a nurse will assist you.
When your child enters seventh grade, the school requires two vaccinations. These are the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) and MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines. Your primary care provider also strongly recommends that your child complete the HPV vaccine series. ECH starts the two-dose HPV vaccine series at nine year of age. If your teen is 15 years or older when starting the HPV series, three doses will be required.
Your primary care provider also strongly recommends the second dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) vaccine at 16 years of age. Many colleges require this and other vaccines for entry. Your college will notify you of their specific requirements.
Tetanus/diphtheria vaccine (Td) or tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) are routinely boosted vaccines. Td should be boosted every 10 years. It may be given sooner with an injury. Your provider will determine this need.
Tdap should be given once to all adolescents and adults age 11 or over. This is regardless of prior Td dosing. Pregnant women should also get a dose of Tdap with each pregnancy.
Palivizumab (Synagis) is given seasonally from November through March to aid in the prevention of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Only a limited number of infants will qualify. Your provider will contact you if your child qualifies for RSV prevention.