The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with all Winona Health providers recommend that infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect those you come in contact with.
Winona Health’s 2018 community Flu Shot Clinic dates are as follows:
Monday, October 8 – Friday, October 12: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Those coming for a flu shot should check in at Urgent Care on the first floor of the Winona clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Please note that some waiting may be required and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please dress in clothing that will let you quickly expose your upper arm.
Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay at check in: $36 or $70 for the high-dose vaccine (recommended option for those age 65 and older). Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
“We recommend that anyone over six months of age get their flu vaccine by the end of October to ensure maximum immunity throughout flu season. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide immunity, so vaccination before influenza is prevalent in the community is ideal” said Sarah Lallaman, DO, chief of Primary Care Services at Winona Health. “It is still possible for vaccinated people to become ill with influenza throughout the season, but past seasons have shown vaccinated individuals tend to have a much more mild course of illness.”
Children age 8 and under who did not receive a flu vaccine during last year’s flu season may need a second vaccine 30 days after receiving the first vaccine dose. If you have questions regarding dosage, please contact your healthcare provider.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.