Mayo Clinic recommends everyone get a flu shot each year. Once again, Mayo Clinic, along with leading vaccine experts, does not recommend the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine, known as FluMist®. Studies, which were published in 2016, show that in the past few years, the nasal spray form did not work to prevent the flu. While Mayo Clinic will not be offering the FluMist option, our nurses will provide coolant sprays, vibrating ice packs and comfort holds for pain relief.
- 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 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 4: You can call your primary care site to schedule a flu vaccination. Mayo employees and volunteers should schedule a visit at one of the on-site employee flu clinics.
- October 16: Scheduled flu-vaccine-only visits begin
- Monday-Friday during normal patient hours at each primary care site
- October 21 & 28: Saturday scheduled flu-vaccine-only visits
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mayo Family Clinic Northeast (closed from 12 to 1 p.m.)
- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson
- October 23 through November 17: 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 Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and new this year, Kasson
- 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 three-dose HPV vaccine series at nine year of age.
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.