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Immunizations

Immunizations (vaccines) offer protection from various types of infections and diseases, from seasonal flu to diphtheria.

In The News

Flu vaccine appointments offered across Southwest Minnesota

Flu vaccines to be offered across Southwest Minnesota in October to patients 6 months and older.

September 30, 2020
Public urged to prevent spread of flu

Influenza typically peaks in January and February, and every year it's associated with illness ranging from mild to severe.

January 31, 2020

From The Blog

Facts about flu

Flu season is just around the corner. Learn how to put up your best defense and decrease your chances of getting the flu.

Jeffrey Green MD By Jeffrey Green October 15, 2020

Schedule flu vaccinations through Patient Online Services, Mayo Clinic App

Put up your best defense by scheduling a flu vaccination through Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App — it's convenient. Select the date, time and location that's best for you.

September 29, 2020

Get vaccinated early for flu

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 28, 2020

Childhood vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are thoughtful about bringing children to public spaces, including clinics. However, families should keep children on the recommended vaccine schedule. Learn why.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson May 21, 2020

Should my child with an egg allergy get the flu shot?

With flu season in full swing, there's still time to get a flu shot. But if your child has an egg allergy, you may be wondering if it's safe to be vaccinated.

Adela Taylor, M.D. By Adela Taylor December 18, 2019

Top 5 FAQ about vaccines

Do vaccines really work? How do you know, and who is protected? Find answers to these questions and more.

Munoz Leanna 2011 By Leanna Munoz November 29, 2018

4 important questions about measles

Measles is a childhood viral infection that can almost always be prevented by a vaccine. The infection is very contagious and replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.

Julie Pace RNCNP By Julie Pace May 16, 2017

Protect your child with proper immunizations

The health of your child is the most important thing in the world. You protect them with shelter, safety and proper nutrition. But if you’ve missed his or her immunizations, you’re exposing your child to a litany of potentially dangerous — even deadly — diseases. The most effective method of prevention is to ensure your child receives the proper vaccination series, which typically is completed by age 6.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy April 5, 2016

Traveler's checklist — don't forget your passport and immunizations

Whether you’re traveling to China on a business trip or heading out on a safari in Botswana, preparing for your journey entails more than just packing and renewing your passport. Every year, millions of people travel to other countries, and with travel comes the possibility of exposure to different diseases and conditions.


Ala Dababneh MD By Ala Dababneh April 2, 2015

What you need to know about pertussis

It’s that time of year. Cold and flu season is here. Symptoms of an ordinary common cold are hard not to miss. But could it be worse? Pertussis can mask itself as a cold but can pose serious health risks – especially to unvaccinated babies.

November 21, 2014

Back to school health tips

Children and parents are gearing up for the start of another school year. Preparation for the hallways means shopping for backpacks, clothes and other school supplies. But don't overlook your child's health before the first bell rings.

Kimberly Beecher MD By Kimberly Beecher August 11, 2014

The facts about vaccinations

Whether it’s the common cold or a strain of the flu, no one enjoys getting sick. It goes without saying that more serious illnesses not only make you feel terrible, but they can present major risks to your health. Fortunately, vaccines have proven to be extremely effective in preventing a host of diseases and conditions.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy April 15, 2014