The best protection from influenza is an influenza vaccination. To help you and your family stay healthy, we are offering influenza vaccine to people 6 months and older. To make an appointment for the influenza vaccine, call 1-877-412-7575 (toll free) or schedule an appointment through the patient portal. Patients also can request an influenza vaccine during an appointment with their primary health care provider.
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The cost of seasonal influenza vaccine is covered by some insurance plans. Mayo Clinic Health System will bill insurance or accept payment.
Children 6 months through 8 years need two flu vaccines if it’s the child’s first seasonal flu vaccination. The second vaccine is given at least four weeks from the date of the first.
People at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza include:
Viruses in the influenza vaccine are inactive, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine. After getting vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies to protect against influenza. That’s why getting vaccinated early in the fall is recommended. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading illness to others.