EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System will offer flu vaccine at sites throughout Northwest Wisconsin.
New this year, patients can self-schedule a flu vaccination appointment through Patient Online Services and clicking on New Appointment, Flu Immunization, and select a date, time and location that works best for their schedule.
When making an appointment, note that children 6 months through age 8 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.
Those not self-scheduling can call for an appointment at one of these locations:
- Barron: 1222 E. Woodland Ave., 715-537-6747
- Bloomer: 1501 Thompson St., 715-568-2000
- Chetek: 220 Douglas St., 715-537-6747
- Chippewa Falls: 611 First Ave., 715-720-4400
- Eau Claire: 733 W. Clairemont Ave. or 1400 Bellinger St. (Call your primary care provider’s office or 715-464-7468. Walk-ins are welcome at Express Care, South Point Shopping Center, 2839 Mall Drive, Suite 5, Eau Claire.)
- Elmwood: 236 E. Springer Ave., 715-639-4151
- Glenwood City: 219 E. Oak St., 715-265-7321
- Menomonie: 2321 Stout Road, 715-233-7777
- Mondovi: 700 Buffalo St., 715-926-4858
- Osseo: Seventh Street entrance, 715-597-3121
- Rice Lake: 331 S. Main St., 715-537-6747
The cost of seasonal flu vaccine is covered by many insurance plans. Mayo Clinic Health System will bill insurance or accept payment.
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, including the nose, throat and lungs. For most people, influenza resolves on its own, but sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all people 6 months and older get vaccinations. The best way to protect yourself and others from getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Patients can receive flu vaccine during a scheduled appointment with their primary care provider or schedule an appointment exclusively to receive the flu vaccine.
People at high risk of developing serious complications from flu include:
- Those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 or older
- People who live with or care for others at high risk of developing serious complications, including caregivers of young children and people with chronic medical conditions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that providers use any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine during the 2019–2020 season.
Viruses in the flu vaccine are inactive or weakened, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. After vaccination, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies to protect against the flu, which is why early fall vaccination is recommended. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading illness to others.
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Press ContactDan Lea